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The Zip Code Memory Project Gathering for Covid

Public Humanities

dateDecember 5, 2021 timeSunday, 4:00pm EST locationPeace Fountain at Cathedral Church of St John the Divine
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanitise
  • The Henry Luce Foundation
  • Columbia School of the Arts
  • Institute for Religion and Public Life
  • Yale University Public Humanities
  • City College of New York Rifkind Center for the Humanities and the Arts
  • Public Humanities Initiative of GSAS, NYU
  • Institute of Performing Arts, and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
  • The Zip Code Memory Project
  • Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference
  • Image Credit/Caption: Drawing by Diana Raznovich
Drawing of diverse crowd of people in cartoon style standing in front of B&W photo of cathedral by Diana Raznovich

JOIN the Participants of The Zip Code Memory Project on December 5 on the steps of the Cathedral of St John the Divine for our first public gathering to acknowledge, mourn, and pay tribute to the losses of COVID 19.

Combining the physical and the digital, our gathering will include candles, music, postcards and a healing community ritual.

We invite you to send, bring or make postcards at the event responding to one or two questions in writing, drawing, photography or other media:
1. What have we lost and learned from Covid?
2. How can we heal and grow together?

On December 5, we will place the postcards and candles on the steps of the Cathedral. Postcard images will be projected on a screen and will be archived on The Zip Code Memory Project website. Candles and blank postcards will be available for free. If you address your postcard to someone, we will mail it for you.

Please send your contribution to [email protected].

The Zip Code Memory Project seeks to find reparative ways to memorialize the devastating losses resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic while also acknowledging its radically differential effects on Upper New York City neighborhoods. Working across the zip codes of Harlem, Washington Heights and the South Bronx, we are gathering with local community, arts and academic organizations to imagine how the losses of the pandemic can be acknowledged, mourned, and healed, and how the mutual aid, care and repair they have occasioned can be honored.