Imagine a street that changes overnight into a museum. On March 5 and 6, 2010, The Museum of Westminster Street was open for business.
It covered two blocks of Providence's downtown, with more than 200 labels telling true stories about the people, buildings, stores and history of the space.
Stories included the widow poisoned with arsenic-laced whisky, and the high-school teacher who bartended for the Vanderbilts; there was the tech consultant who grew up behind the Berlin Wall, and the civil rights activist born right there above her father's Chinese restaurant.
Compelling, surprising and informative about the past and present of the street, it challenged people's ideas about museums, and forever changed their understanding of where they live, work and shop.
I co-conceived of the event, and was involved in all aspects including writing texts, working with designers, editing the video (below), participating in the museum.
Co-created with Lyra Monteiro.
A creation of The Museum on Site.