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Voices From The Margins
Voices from the Margins was a community arts initiative by KHOJ and Global One to One (USA), supported by World Learning (USA) as part of an ongoing global project Communities Connecting Heritage, which aimed to promote mutual appreciation of cultural heritage by creating a network of youth representatives from diverse communities who would then be able to tell their stories creatively.
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Friday 29 June 2018, 6pm onwards at KHOJ Studios
At a moment when geographies are being altered by virtual networks and interactions, the influence of the internet on our consumption of native and foreign cultures is shaping our heritage and identity. In the same virtual space, youths from neighbourhoods in New Mexico (USA), and New Delhi (India) collaborated to explore the formations of cultural heritage and cultural identity, understanding the ways in which cultural inheritance played a role in their individual lives. Voices from the Margins was a community arts initiative by KHOJ and Global One to One (USA), supported by World Learning (USA) as a part of their ongoing global project Communities Connecting Heritage that aimed to preserve and promote mutual appreciation of cultural heritage by creating a network of youth representatives from diverse communities. These young people were then invited to share their stories with one another using creative forms of expression.
While the teams from both cities had different stories, the results of the exploration and the nature of insights gained in every virtual interaction were rooted in similar experiences and values which did not find their expression in narrow interpretations of self-preservation and sociality. This was a collective attempt at redefining cultural identity and cultural heritage in the making.
The project comprised four months of virtual exchange and two weeks of in-person exchange in which youth from Albuquerque, New Mexico visited Delhi and interacted with their counterparts here, to explore cultural heritage and identity through essays, visual art, music, and other forms of dialogue. Following a two-week in-person exchange at KHOJ Studios, the takeaways and realisations arrived at through the duration of this project culminated in a multimedia display on 29 June 2018.
Communities Connecting Heritage (SM) is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that is administered by World Learning.
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