While we have almost a full week left in the year, I wanted to share with you the first of two posts we're sharing on Preservation Leadership Forum to mark the passage of this very challenging year.
As in years past (though we did skip a look back on 2019) this list pulls out stories, webinars, and other content and resources from the closing year while also considering the year to come.
Realistically we know that flipping the calendar from 2020 to 2021 won't erase all of the trauma and exhaustion we have experienced, but it does provide a sort of mental break, an opportunity so to speak, for us all to reflect on both our personal and professional lives.
So my question(s) for the community are:
What is your preservation resolution for 2021? Or if that is too broad a question, one is the first thing you will do to transform your preservation practice-in light of lessons learned from this past year-in 2021?
Another way you could think about it is how will use your power as preservationists for good this year?
I'll post my answer on January 4 but for now share away, and read this post from @Marisa Brown about her resolutions for the field. (I'll put the link in here when it is live).
Note: If you haven't yet, take part in the PennPraxis survey. This 10-minute survey explores the makeup of the historic preservation field and how it is changing in light of contemporary issues. The survey is a project of PennPraxis, supported by the 1772 Foundation. Results will be shared in publications available on the PennPraxis website. (For more information, contact rfmason[at]design.upenn.edu.) The survey closes in mid-January.
------------------------------Priya ChhayaForum Connect Community ManagerAssociate Director of ContentNational Trust for Historic PreservationWashington DC------------------------------
Priya- thanks for the prompt. I am using my preservation power for good to focus on building a community hub for aspiring and established changemakers. My group is a place for people planning a creative community project to get the tools, resources and connections they need to make their ideas happen. I have taken the energy I'd usually put into local activities and poured it into this group, sharing my experiences as a DIY artist, event planner and activist.If anyone here knows a smart, proactive person who's been toiling on a creative community project and needs support, please send them my way:
@Priya Chhaya, I appreciate you framing this as 'how do we use our preservation power for good'? I recently read this piece by Sarah Stickney Murphy posted by Community Centric Fundraising that I think resonated with me about how I can use my preservation power for good.https://communitycentricfundraising.org/2020/11/12/white-people-we-need-to-do-more-than-just-leverage-whiteness-to-dismantle-white-supremacy/
I've reflected on this article as a white woman working for a nonprofit, acknowledging the power I do have and can give up. I want to use that framework in my decision-making in 2021. When presented with an opportunity or a decision, what power can I give up and cede to BIPOC preservationists?
Along those lines, I want to continue to practice mindfulness in my work. This means being more mindful about how I interpret others words and actions, but also be mindful of how my words and actions can be interpreted by others.
So good to see your name in my email feed this morning, Amy. I hope you are safe and healthy.
Best of work in your efforts. Please let me/us know what we can do to elevate this issue nationally.
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