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.


Highlights from the Rehearsals for Change workshop which started last week, led by George Emilio Sanchez. This workshop integrates theater games and exercises from Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed with writing and drawing to nurture and develop trust among the participants. First, trust within our physical body, the five senses, our emotional landscape, and the reach of the imagination. Secondly, nurturing trust among the participants in building a collective identity. The deeper we can trust ourselves, the greater we can trust each other and the group.

Upcoming Events

Samuel Hargress and the Music of Paris Blues: A Community Event


This concert honors Samuel Hargress, Jr. who opened his jazz club, "Paris Blues" on November 15, 1969, and proceeded to book live Jazz seven nights weekly. With no cover charge,  and with a full bar, free buffet, and family hospitality, Paris Blues became widely known as a great jazz  bar in Harlem.

The Art of Covid Memorials: When Memory, Meaning, and Mourning Are Deferred

A Symposium with James Young, Kristin Urquiza, and Karla Funderburk
Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 at 5:00pm
Zoom Webinar

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