The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum is putting together local stories to feature in its Moments of Resilience exhibit that is dedicated to display how humanity was able to survive the coronavirus pandemic by supporting each other.
While the museum keeps its doors shut due to the outbreak, it keeps offering virtual exhibits to the public over its website. A Right To the City is a currently available exhibit.
Now the community museum is focusing on documenting people’s experiences that can give everyone hope as we are going through dark times.
“We want to hear from you! We believe in amplifying the collective power of community and currently, that collective power is its ability to care for and comfort each other in this time of need. Check out stories happening in your community and upload one of your own!” the museum’s website says as part of the Moments of Resilience project.
“No matter how big or small the gesture, we want to hear stories of how communities are supporting each other on a day-to-day basis. Whether it’s the person who volunteered to shop for their elderly neighbor, the teacher who created a virtual story time or the plant parent finding solace in their garden; each is a moment of resilience. A moment, that reminds us; through unity we can conquer any adversity.”
Speaking to WUSA9 about the Moments of Resilience exhibit, Melanie Adams, the museum’s director, said:
“When we look back on this 3-5 years from now, we want to share some positive stories about how people are coming together. We really want to show some of the ways people came together during this pandemic.”
You can upload your own stories on the museum’s website. Then it will be evaluated by a team, which decides what to post in the digital collection. You can also find the stories under the Twitter hashtag #MomentsofResilience.