Dorchester Projects

Everyone could feel the infectious creative energy at Dorchester on our final day of workshops. Theaster Gates took us on a tour of the neighborhood and soon-to-be Black Cinema house. On our walk, he talked about revitalizing the block and the difficulties that come with acquiring spaces. He only mentioned the work it takes, never the impossibilities. We later listened to three storytellers: Mr. Bill, Mr. Gates (Theaster’s dad), and Ms. Jolly. They each shared their histories, all beginning with migration from the south. Quoting Ms. Jolly, “Passion is a funny thing…you never know what you are going to do.” Making individual and collective commitments, we crafted postcards to our future selves with reminders and self reflections.

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