Project Lead: Ashley Teague, Mauricio Salgado and Arielle Brown

Location: South Phillips County, AR

Partner Organizations: Delta Cultural Center and the Second Baptist Church; Elaine Legacy Center, and Elaine Community Opportunity Seekers; Elaine and Helena city governments

Description: Within the scope of this long-term collaboration to unearth and share through theater the buried history of lynching and its aftermath in South Phillips County, this prototype focuses on influencing public policy by working with city and county authorities to: (1) embed oral history-based arts work in S. Phillips County public life as an instrument of public education and engagement, especially when difficult issues are engaged; and (2) dedicate disused public school space to the creation of an accessible community performance space to serve local needs for public truth-telling and the creative dialogue it engenders.