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ZH-258494-18

National Building Museum (Washington, DC 20001-2637)
Lauren G. Wilson (Project Director: May 2017 to March 2018)
Theresa A Esterlund (Project Director: March 2018 to present)

Investigating Where We Live

Investigating Where We Live, a museum-centered program in which middle and high school students from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area examine the people, places, and history that shape their communities.


The National Building Museum has offered Investigating Where We Live since 1996, empowering youth from the Washington metropolitan area to examine the people, places, and history that shape their own communities. Each summer, approximately 35 middle and high school students work together over five weeks (three full days per week) to plan, design, and install an exhibition of professional quality at the Museum. Past programs have focused on urban transformation in historically African-American neighborhoods as in Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy (July 26, 2013–June 8, 2014) and on themes like memorialization as exemplified by New Monuments Revealed (July 25, 2015–June 6, 2016). This program, which is free to students, was honored with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2013.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Access Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$50,000

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 9/30/2020