Artivism & Avenue Anchors
Saturday, September 29, 2018 | Noon - 2pm
Project Row Houses | 2521 Holman
This is a celebration to honor the Avenue Anchors, discuss their insights, learn from their discoveries, and understand their process.
The idea of SIDI, The City of Elders, was born out of the experience of five community researchers at Sankofa Research Institute. Using an approach called community-based participatory research, the team spent the past year conducting a comprehensive needs assessment of Houston’s Third Ward, a historically African-American neighborhood that is undergoing gentrification.
In the process of going door-to-door to interview residents, the team found a wealth of knowledge hidden in plain sight: the neighborhood Elders. Unfortunately, this same group is among the most vulnerable to displacement. Yet, with history to recount, memories to relay, and wisdom to be shared, their voices need to be heard, and most importantly, they need to be served.
The team -- now called Avenue Anchors-- aims to continue building relationships, connections and trust with the Elders by gathering and documenting some of the most compelling stories, ideas, advice and concerns. Their dream is to create pathways that can transfer knowledge, history, culture, and care through conversation. The team will use audio, photography, and video and the stories will be housed in an online environment that can easily be reached by people who can make a difference @ www.sidithecityofelders.com, a Tré Ward Time Capsule.