A New Frontier: Archaeology and Heritage Management Meet Urban Planning and Creative Placemaking
Heritage Placemaking is a thing - embrace it! Learn from our mistakes. The DC Office of Planning received a grant from the Kresge Foundation to engage in creative placemaking by artist/curators with the goal of activating underused public spaces. The DC Archaeology Program saw this as an opportunity to engage in a novel form of public outreach funded by someone else. Despite best intentions, false starts, permitting issues, need for cultural sensitivity, and last-minute directives, the archaeology- and heritage-themed intervention "If YOU Lived Here" was a smashing success. Incorporating African American archaeology and history of the post-Civil War Barry Farm Freedman community, the artist/curator came up with a moving public art installation, and pushed us out of our comfort zone into a new and scary realm with its own vocabulary, processes, metrics, and requirements. Our partners included the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum and the NPS.
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A New Frontier: Archaeology and Heritage Management Meet Urban Planning and Creative Placemaking. Ruth Trocolli, Josh Silver. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444742)
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