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About Rosedale

Rosedale is a small, vibrant neighborhood located in Northeast Washington DC. A
historically African American neighborhood, Rosedale is in midst of transition where
intergenerational turnover will have a permanent effect on the community

and its long-time members.

Bounded on the north by Benning Road NE, on the south by C Street NE, on the east by 19th Street NE and the west by 15th Street NE, Rosedale’s heart lies in the site of the Rosedale Recreation Center and Football Field, adjacent Rosedale Public Library.



Consisting of two phases, Voices of Rosedale is both an oral history archive and public artwork. Led by Necothia Bowens-Robinsons and Leigh Davis, the project mobilizes the restorative power of storytelling to explore the relationship between community and collective loss, and creates opportunities for residents to reflect on the past and envision a collective future.

Phase one of this project draws upon existing relationships with residents to create a shared agenda, recruit initial participants, and organize an advisory team with carried skill sets and backgrounds to create a frameworks for the oral elements/histories. The process is driven by a commitment to progressive oral history and deep listening practices.


In phase two, we will begin to organize the project's public capstone. This could be a physical structure to house the oral histories, a series of listening tours, a site-based celebration on the neighborhood football field, a radio station on-site at the local Recreation Center, or any other form that feels meaningful to residents. Our commitment is continue to work with the community to identify sites that can potentially maximize public engagement. The installation's location and its final form will emerge from the creative process itself.

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Ready to make an share your story? Contact us to learn how we can begin working together.

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