The Zip Code Memory Project seeks to find community-based ways to memorialize the devastating losses resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic while also acknowledging its radically differential effects on Upper New York City neighborhoods. Through a series of art-based workshopspublic eventssocial media platforms, and  a performance/exhibition at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, community members participate in building networks of shared responsibility and belonging. 

Working across the zip codes of Harlem, Washington Heights and the South Bronx, we have gathered 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.

The Zip Code Memory Project is a Social Engagement Project sponsored by Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference with the help of a Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Additional funding from Columbia School of the Arts; The Society of Fellows and the Heyman Center for the Humanities; Institute for Religion and Public Life; Yale University Public Humanities; City College of New York Rifkind Center for the Humanities and the Arts; Public Humanities Initiative of GSAS, NYU; Institute of Performing Arts, and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

The Zip Code Memory Project thanks the Center for the Study of Social Difference and the Henry Luce Foundation for their support and funding.

Special thanks to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for their ongoing facilitation and inspirational space. Art inspires life, and vice versa, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Through a series of art exhibitions and initiatives, the Cathedral has grappled with many of the most pressing issues of our times, refracted through the lens of the Cathedral’s Anglican roots and American history. For the Zip Code Memory Project’s series of workshops hosted on the grounds, the Cathedral provides a sacred space within which to memorialize the thousands of lives lost in Morningside Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods, while also presenting visions for a healthier, more hopeful future for our communities.

Our work has been featured in Columbia University’s Neighbours News!