The Zip Code Memory Project seeks to find reparative ways to memorialize the devastating losses resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic while also acknowledging its radically differential effects on Upper New York City neighborhoods.  Working across the zip codes of Harlem, Washington Heights and the South Bronx, we are gathering with local community, arts and academic organizations to imagine how the losses of the pandemic can be acknowledged, mourned, and healed, and how the mutual aid, care and repair they have occasioned can be honored.


Do you live and/or work in Washington Heights, East Harlem, Central/West Harlem, or the South Bronx? Want to participate in a creative project to explore the Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on you and your community?
Let’s mourn our losses, envision new futures, and re-imagine our neighborhoods through paths of hope.

Join us as we:
Walk through our streets together to remember our loved ones as we tell stories about them.
Use and take photos to create stories, memorial stamps, postcards, and scrapbooks to share with others.
Engage in acting exercises to help us build trust and community.

This collaborative art-based project is envisioned to help us heal from the devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic, and its unequal effects on our communities.

Through workshops and public events we will acknowledge the trauma, grief, and loss of the pandemic while celebrating and, we hope, energizing the spaces we live in. We are seeking to bring together collaborative groups representing the diversity of our community with regard to age, race/ethnicity, citizenship status, physical ability, educational level, language, and types of work.

We are inviting 64 community members living and/or working in East Harlem, Central/West Harlem, Washington Heights, and the South Bronx to join and co-create the project.
No previous experience necessary. Activities will be in English and Spanish and translation will be available into several other neighborhood languages.

The Zip Code Memory Project is sponsored by Columbia University and the Henry Luce Foundation in collaboration with a number of local community, education, and arts organizations.* There is no cost to participants. All will receive a signed certificate from the Zip Code Memory Project and its affiliated institutions upon completion.

Open to Community Members who Live and/or work in Washington Heights; East Harlem, Central/West Harlem, or the South Bronx:
Are at least 18yrs old or older to participate
Are willing and able to participate in four weekends of afternoon workshops over a 9-month period Oct-June, 2021-2022

We will do our best to care for each other’s well-being and accommodate those with disabilities, those who speak other languages, or have special needs, including transportation. Contact us for more information.

Everyone must be vaccinated, and safety protocols will be strictly observed.

We offer workshops for children of participants at the same time/place as regular workshops. Children will be invited to participate in all the public events.

Interested in participating? Email us: Visit our website: And /or join a zoom information meeting.


Informational meeting held by Workshop Leader George Emilio Sanchez: September 22 at 7pm. Email to register.

For more information and application contact or visit us at

* Partner Sponsoring Organizations: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Museum of the City of New York; Bronx Documentary Center; City College of New York, Rifkind Center for the Arts and Humanities; Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano; The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine; El Museo del Barrio; City Seminary of New York; Lehman College; Magnum Foundation

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