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Reviving a Neighborhood

"The area is not there for me to remember . . . It's almost like losing one of your peers."

June Simmons-McRae spoke in reverent tones of her childhood neighborhood of West Elmwood during a recent oral history interview. Once a vibrant neighborhood, West Elmwood was demolished in the early 1960s as part of Providence’s urban renewal movement. The Huntington Industrial Park was built in its place. Today, the neighborhood only lives on in the memories of former residents and the bonds that many friends still share.

(Distributed May 5, 2014)

A "Handy House" for Student Consultants: Teaching History in a Local House Museum

The Cadman-White-Handy House, Westport, Massachusetts.:

The Westport (Massachusetts) Historical Society asked for our help with their newly acquired 1710 Cadman-White-Handy House. How might they use it as “a cultural hub around which the community can reconnect to its heritage”?

Students in the “Shrine, House, or Home: Rethinking the House Museum Paradigm” course took on the challenge. Molly Kerker, a student in the Public Humanities MA program, was a member of that class. I asked her about this experience.

What was the most challenging aspect of coming up with a plan to interpret the Handy House?

(Distributed April 10, 2014)

How to succeed in Public Humanities

Atticks '11 with Sculptor Larry Egan:

Archivists, arts administrators, art teachers, communications managers, consultants, cultural planners, curators, development writers, interpretive guides, marketing coordinators, museum curators and educators, nonprofit business managers, oyster farmers.

Education, interpretation, research, and administration.

Cities, historic sites, museums, parks, and universities.

(Distributed April 2, 2014)

Learning to Read Dance

"Angels in the Attic" at the ADLI Mini-Fest 2014. :

"If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.” - Isadora Duncan...  I like to think of myself as culturally literate. I work in the arts, I can drop the odd Shakespeare quote in conversation, and I can tell abstract expressionism from Dadaism. But when I began working with American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) I realized how illiterate I was when it came to dance.

(Distributed March 26, 2014)
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