Over the past few years, the young researchers of The Will to Adorn have been engaged in a project of community autobiography. These photographic and written portraits of each other and skilled artists and craftsmen within African American communities tell stories that provide an important counterpoint to the optics of racism.
At the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, we have been thinking a lot about assessing the long-term impact of our work. How does the Center support community agency? How do we learn through reciprocal engagement? How can we better support cultural sustainability of the communities with which we work?
I spent much of my early childhood on the north shore of Bermuda. The island shaped me in many ways, and I still have many friends and family there. So it was a special privilege for me to curate a program about the land that I considered my first home.