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Inspiring Creativity in Response to Historical Commemoration

It’s hard to imagine a town or city that would not chronicle its historical events. The most important ones are selected for annual or occasional commemoration. Some events hold national significance.

With many years in preparation, key communities from Virginia to Washington State, spanning the width of the nation to the Pacific Ocean, commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Columbia River Basin area commemorations focused on preservation of the natural and cultural resources first known by many from the journals of this expedition. The Confluence Project endeavored to reveal untold stories and inspire future preservation of these resources. The work was to consider how Lewis and Clark set change in motion, how each evolved over the last 200 years, and how these places might change in the next 200 years.

Project participants reported this opportunity to respond creatively to historical events offered unique opportunities for people to learn and work together. Art installations have become gathering spots. Teachers observed that during artmaking, various groups crossed paths and made new connections. Volunteers noted the crucial role of Confluence Project coordinators in implementing their projects. Teachers reported that for some inner city students, the emotional investment in the project was a risk but resulted in a sense of personal ownership and belonging. Projects that addressed site-specific community concerns now hold personal meaning for participants.

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