The following story was written by Sarah Sluis, a new contributor to The Lo-Down:
In New York City, neighborhoods can undergo dramatic change in a matter of months. The Urban Memory Project, which was co-founded by educator Rebecca Krucoff and playwright Ain Gordon in 2005, aims to help high school students understand these changes.
After years running the program in Brooklyn, Krucoff is currently teaching a pilot program with a class at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LOMA), 350 Grand Street. She hopes to create “informed citizenship,” and to teach teens to “have a voice” and to be engaged in their communities. Through the program, students become aware of the social, political, and economic forces at work outside their apartment building. Although books are used, the program emphasizes visuals, films, speakers, student-led interviews and photography.