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SOCIAL CROSSINGS
AN INTERACTIVE RAILROAD MAP OF GRINNELL
part of
MAP OF THINGS NO LONGER HERE

Participating Artists:
Keva Fawkes / Iowa City, IA
Purvi Shah / Brooklyn, NY
Anna Swanson / Portland, OR

From its founding, Grinnell played a role in the Underground Railroad, and its intersecting rail services have been at the heart of the town's growth and presence, both literally and figuratively. During this project, the Social Crossings team asked: How can Grinnell continue its spirit of justice for marginalized socioeconomic and racial groups? How do we build communities of (intersectional) belonging? What does it mean to be committed to freedom? And what does freedom look like today in Grinnell? How do Grinnellians move across the physical and figurative quadrants created by the intersecting railroads? And how do we create spaces where we can learn, belong, create, and experience joy — together?

In June, 2017, the Social Crossings team spent their two-week residency partnering with a series of different Grinnell community organizations to produce social map of the town's four quadrants. They also interviewed fourteen Grinnell community members about their lived experiences in our community and what it means to each to belong to the town. From the map and interviews, the team generated a toolkit for transformative listening and community conversations. The toolkit was presented on June 30 during a final community gathering, conversation and meal.

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THANK YOU TO OUR PROJECT PARTICIPANTS & SPONSORS!

Hannah Boggess, Ann Brau, Shanell Davis, Lisle Dunham, Lisa Gresham, Mike Gresham, Thomsa Haas, Erik Henderson, Ayyad Jacob, Da Hyeong Jang, Russelle Legget, Linda Masuku, Sefonobong Obot, Tim Willis

The Board of the Grinnell Historical Museum, Monique Shore and Dorrie Lalonde at Drake Community Library Archives, Tilly Woodward at Grinnell College, Melissa and Andy Dunham at Grinnell Heritage Farm, Erin Bustin & Cameron Barr at the UCC Church & Kirsten Klepfer at First Presbyterian. 

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