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Call for Participants: Zip Code Memory Project

Public Humanities

September 1, 2021
Map of NYC with ZCMP logo

Want to participate in a creative project to explore how the Covid-19 pandemic affected you and your community? Let’s mourn our losses, envision new futures, and re-imagine our neighborhoods through paths of hope.

Join the Zip Code Memory Project! (Please scroll down to the bottom for the form to fill out).

For more information contact [email protected]. DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2021.

- Walk through our streets together to remember our loved ones as we tell stories about them.

- Use and take photos to create stories, memorial stamps, postcards, and scrapbooks to share with others.

- Engage in acting exercises to help us build trust and community.

This collaborative art-based project is envisioned to help us heal from the devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic, and its unequal effects on our communities. Through workshops and public events participants will acknowledge the trauma, grief, and loss of the pandemic while celebrating and energizing the spaces we live in. The project is seeking to bring together collaborative groups representing the diversity of our community with regard to age, race/ethnicity, citizenship status, physical ability, educational level, language, and profession.

• 64 full fellowships are open to community members living and/or working in East Harlem, Central/West Harlem, Washington Heights, and South Bronx.

• No previous experience necessary.

• Activities will be in English and Spanish and translation will be available into several other neighborhood languages.

The Zip Code Memory Project is sponsored by Columbia University and the Henry Luce Foundation in collaboration with a number of local community, education and arts organizations. Funders have underwritten full tuition costs ($5000) for all aspects of the Zip Code Memory Project: there is no cost to participants. All will receive a signed certificate from the Zip Code Memory Project and its affiliated institutions upon completion.

Open to Community Members who:

- Live and/or work in Washington Heights; East Harlem, Central/West Harlem, or South Bronx.

- Are at least 18 years old or older to participate.

- Are willing and able to participate in four weekends of afternoon workshops over a 9-month period.

- Are COVID-19 vaccinated and agree to safety protocols which will be strictly observed.

Interested in participating? Email [email protected], fill out this form, and/or join a Zoom information meeting.

Informational meetings held by Workshop Leader George Emilio Sanchez: 9/8 & 9/10 at 7pm. Email to register.

Partner Sponsoring Organizations:

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Museum of the City of New York; Bronx Documentary Center; City College of New York, Rifkind Center for the Arts and Humanities; Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano; The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine; El Museo del Barrio; City Seminary of New York; Lehman College; Magnum Foundation