Rebuilding relationships with the land
The visions for the Museum of Silenced Histories (MSH) project germinated in 2020 embodies CC4ES' mission in two platforms for its outcomes of transformative justice and equity: a living museum in both digital and physical forms accompanied by a community-convening space; and a community collective regenerative garden to showcase such gardens established by the communities of the silenced -- diasporic community gardens along the interstate highway 95 corridor.
The MSH offers a space for minority, underrepresented, and marginalized members of society to share their stories and have their voices heard, perhaps, for the first time. It is a place that such members can identify with, and a place of healing and reconciliation.
Its accompanying community-convening space is to include spaces for in-person meetings and events; a reading room and library housing history and knowledge recorded orally, visually, and in writings by the members of these communities as well as books and digital resources focusing on issues they face; a street-facing gallery (matched by an online version) celebrating the rich and diverse creativity of these communities; a quiet space for personal or group reflection and meditation; and a green space that features Garden of Regeneration as a site of healing, hope, and nurturance within parameters designed by nature.
Re-anchoring our relationships with the land to heal and for regenerative sustainability
To honor the essential relationship between humans and Earth by collecting, celebrating and sharing stories of this bond as lived through those whose histories have previously been silenced
To use an interweaving of visual, oral and written stories, alongside the ongoing tending and cultivation of Earth's sacred land, to present the diversity, richness, and collective wisdom and strength that underlies and shapes the Rhode Island identity
To reconnect communities with the land, and to re-establish relationships and dialogue necessary for achieving environmental and social justice.
INSPIRATIONS FOR MSH
Story Tapestries from around the world