Emerson College graduate student Anna Ladd has been a Foxborough resident for a year and a half and is planning a community art project for her thesis about bridging sociopolitical differences through collective storytelling. The end goal is a community-sourced mini-museum that shares the individual stories, memories, and artifacts that make up the town’s collective identity. And instead of doing this in the city, she would love to do it here, where she lives!
Before all this starts, she is trying to:
- Find “some long-time residents to interview during the week of 2/19 (i.e. an hour talking in the new Starbucks, super casual, I’ll get you a coffee if you let me record you talking about your experience living here. I don’t share the recordings, they’re just for my research/notes to help frame the project better since I’m still fairly new!)”
- “Gauge some general interest for contributors! I’m planning on collecting all the pieces through community workshops in April and May (20 or so people meeting up at a time, doing some talking, doing some writing, identifying our important moments and stories and artifacts and building an archive together.) Like/comment if you’re interested so I can write your name down and send out an invite when the time comes!”
Anna notes “This is for everyone! Artist or not, long-time resident or not, old or young – the participatory art process is really fun and inclusive and it’s a great way to get involved with creative stuff if you’ve never done it before. It’s also a great way to get to know people and understand new perspectives.”
If you have a group or class that wants to get involved (or you want to be interviewed!) please message her through Facebook or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four open-session workshops at The Orpheum have been planned. Please R.S.V.P. for one of these open-session workshops through FB, if you can. If you can’t make any of these OR would like to set one up for your particular club/group, please e-mail Anna (email@example.com).
- Thursday, March 8, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Monday, March 12, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday, March 18, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
All the objects and stories will be collected through these workshops at The Orpheum, where the final museum will be installed. Anyone living in Foxborough is welcome to attend. Bring yourself, your friends, your family, and anything you’re thinking about submitting – at the end of the workshop, you’ll have your final submission and a written piece to go with it.original post