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African American History & Engagement Project (AAH&E)

Fall, 2023 – 2027

We’re honored to be the Community Engagement & Design Specialist for the AHH&E Curatorial Team. The African American History & Engagement (AAH&E) project is a partnership between California State Parks and the California African American Museum (CAAM) to research, document, and interpret Black community histories in approximately two dozen state parks. The project brings together memory keepers, stakeholders, scholars, artists, designers, Parks staff and volunteers, and a curatorial team. Sue is honored to be the Community Engagement & Design Specialist for the AHH&E Curatorial Team.

When the Sky is Your Roof

2023 – 2024

With support from Berkeley Civic Arts, the HEAR HERE Community Billboard truck, a vehicle for neighborhood engagement and empowerment, is teaming up with the Self Help Hunger Program to provide voice and visibility to unhoused neighbors’ experiences. When the Sky is Your Roof will uplift voices not usually heard, especially those impacted by gentrification, displacement, and homelessness—this will be “a healing medicine for those releasing their stories”. Learn more about SHHP’s founder ‘Aunti’ Frances Moore, a born activist and Black Panther Cub.

Kanna Arts Festival

September, 2023

Tabi Wa Sumika/Journey Itself Home presented at the 10th annual Kanna Festival in Gunma, Japan. Tabi Wa Sumika was exhibited in Onishi’s Town Hall Community Center, a stunning round glass building designed by internationally renowned architects Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima. Read more about the Kanna Festival.

One Day / One Action

June, 2023 – December, 2023

One Day / One Action is a community-wide multilingual social media-based public art project created for the city San José, California designed to connect the community with the critical issue of our climate crisis. Storytelling, the heart of One Day / One Action, compels people to engage and share their actions collectively moving us toward a more environmentally conscious way of life. One Day / One Action stories unfolded live via social media in 2023 from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice. Read more

“A Public Art Project Brings Oakland Neighbors Together, One Story At A Time”

August 2023

In a short essay sponsored by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Commons Archive community engager LaDasha Berry and longtime neighbor Terri Woodfolk Nelson talk about the project’s impact on North Oakland neighbors.  Also featured is a documentary video where project partners reflect on the significance and origins of the HEAR HERE Community Billboard truck. Read More