This is the POC (People of Color) Survival Guide to Public Space.
The POC Survival Guide to Public Space is a collaborative project sharing stories, experiences, and knowledge about how we engage, and are engaged, in the public realm. Collecting lived experiences of people of color, this project seeks to build new methods and understandings of how race and space inform each other moving away from the broad strokes of race as a demographic category and toward the intimate and the particular. We are interested in race as experience, emboldened by the richness of storytelling and oral histories. In building this shared understanding, we ask you to submit stories, encounters, and reflections that you have had as a person of color moving within the city. What happened, how did you feel, what can you recall about the space? With the consent of the author all stories will be collected and shared in a periodical zine. We encourage all people of color to participate making this a truly intersectional body of work only as strong and rich as the variance of our identities and experiences.
This is a call towards a new litany for survival; for all of us, people of color, to revel in the livelihood of sharing meaning, enjoyment, and knowledge with and for, each other. To both create and be critical of the spaces in which we live, work, love, commune, and move through. This is about survival and vision. About the multiplicity of ways that we seek each other out; connect, expand, and grow the possibilities for tenderness and protection between us.
Survival Guide Publisher | Design+Culture Lab
Collaborators | Joy Alise Davis, Renae Reynolds, Ron Morrison and Rob Lewis.