Exhibition, North End Stories Pop-Up Museum

On June 22, 2013, Jeanne Dasaro curated and hosted a pop-up Italian-American cultural museum that highlighted the North End’s Italian heritage.  Below are photos from the event as well as a video..

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Similar to an actual museum attendances were able to engage in multi-media ‘exhibits’ to learn about the history of Italians in Boston’s North End. But unlike a typical museum, this exhibition was an interactive flash mob, made up of North End residents and supporters who shared stories, explained photographs, and showed short documentaries about the North End. Attendees engaged with actual community members about their neighborhood instead of a small placard that usually accompanies artwork at a museum.

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The project was made possible by a grant from The Boston Foundation’s new initiative, Expressing Boston. Through ExpressingBoston, the Foundation seeks to diversify the types of art created and presented in Boston and challenge normalized definitions of art. ExpressingBoston hopes to advance a dialogue that explores all kinds of audience engagement and participation that connects with global classics, traditional canons from across the world, and interpretations of varied traditions that reveal the astounding vibrancy of our city.

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North End Stories, Creator, Curator, Digital Media & Video

Jeanne Dasaro is the creator, producer, and interviewer at North End Stories. Below are two sample videos.

About North End Stories:

North End Stories is a digital narrative project that aims to collect, preserve, and share the stories of Italian-Americans whose families immigrated to Boston’s North End in the late 19th and early 20th century.

How has the neighborhood changed since 1900? since 1950? How have lifestyles changed? What has stayed the same? How is Italian-American culture alive today in the North End? The project is a series of video interviews, a booklet of photos and quotes, and an interactive website. More at http://northendstories.com.

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