Many people seem to be wondering just how the Philadelphia Public History Truck plans to function. It’s a cycle! Check it out:
The truck functions in exhibit cycles:
1-Partner with neighborhood association.
2-Build relationship with community by attending meetings, connecting with community organizations and getting involved by volunteering.
3-Host 1:1 oral history interviews & hold storytelling block party featuring memories and neighborhood objects.
4-Staff begins archival research to support stories and ideas of community.
5-Host historically-based art happenings off the truck in community green spaces.
6-Hold meetings to design the exhibit with community.
7-Put the exhibit up in neighborhood space to access and activate common community grounds with cultural energy. Empower community to use the neighborhood as a museum and art space whenever they feel like it.
8-Host exhibit opening. The celebrated artists of the exhibit are community members.
9-Downsize the exhibit to the truck and traverse the city to connect communities with the neighborhood’s message.
10-Next neighborhood partnership begins. Cycle starts over.