All proposals that are submitted will be added to this page as they come in!
Proposal Title: What would it take to create a National Historic Heritage Area in the East Bay?
Name: Dave Weed
Proposal Description: We have watched the growth of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor over the past thirty years, and it’s now a National Park. Could the same thing happen in the region from Providence to Bristol, the home of Massasoit and early Pilgrim beginnings? Join a discussion of what it would take to move this project from a website at www.SowamsHeritageArea.org to a full-fledged national heritage site.
Proposal Title: Building Community through Neighborhood History
Name: Erik Christiansen
Proposal Description: How can history and/or historic preservation help to build community? And how can it help us to reimagine our neighborhoods in Providence, so that they are more inclusive, more welcoming, and less isolated?
Proposal Title: The museum of formative historical experience (with a special exhibit on grim historical interpretation mistakes)
Name: Janaya Kizzie
Proposal Description: What formative experience made you the kind of person who goes to a conference about hacking heritage? Our museum will be made of stories on note cards, a few drawings and maybe a few artifacts, all representing interactions with history that changed lives. What themes and wings will arise? What can we take from these stories? What has to stay in the museum?
Proposal Title: There Is No Such Thing As A Vacant Lot
Name: Angela DiVeglia, Laura Brown-Lavoie
Proposal Description: Providence Public Library is working on a digital tour exploring the history of Providence’s unbuilt landscape–parking lots, city parks, empty lots, brownfields, and other open places. The library’s current Creative Fellow is a poet who grows food in a formerly abandoned city lot. Join us for a conversation about vacancy, urban farming, land as palimpsest, wastelands, urban wilderness, and what the earth remembers.
Proposal Title: Deconstructing Power Structures in Archives to Create Authentic Community Engagement
Name: Kate Wells, Angela DiVeglia, Taino Palmermo
Proposal Description: PPL and RWU are partnering to create a free workshop for community practitioners offering practical skills for thinking about organizational legacy, records management and future storytelling. As we develop this workshop, our conversations have centered around issues of power, authority and partnership. Starting from a review of the Appraisal approach in “Identifying & Dismantling White Supremacy in Archives” (UCLA, 2016), conversation in this session will reflect the following questions: *How can large institutions sincerely address criticism of previous disingenuous acts of community engagement and rebuild relationships with community practitioners based on service, trust and cooperation? *When do historical materials NOT need to go to a repository and instead stay within the community who created them? How does this impact authority and access? *What are the implications of a community-based participatory approach on the structure and work of cultural heritage institutions?
Proposal Title: Dead Zones: Exploring the Roles of Historic Cemeteries, Vacant Lots, and Wild Spaces in our Communities
Name: Erik Christiansen
Proposal Description: Every neighborhood in Providence (and other urban areas) contains spaces that are not often seen as useful (or as currently in-use), but that nevertheless may play a part in the life of a community. What defines these dead spaces, and how have they been used in the past or are used currently? How might we rethink their uses for the future in ways that would benefit communities, without doing damage to their heritage?