When Jewel Addy and I started to work together to bring the Oral History Archive of Whitman-Walker to life in the present moment, we envisioned a series of durational workshops, which would help us generate new material for an exhibition, a performance, a curriculum, and a microsite. Then Covid hit. All had to be revisioned and reconfigured. We were able to provide a safe environment for two workshops. Some of the material generated there has entered the exhibition. Other outcomes will feed Whitman-Walker’s Oral History site, to be launched 2021. One workshop morphed into a public program. And another one will reappear next year.
A MEMORY CIRCLE FOR THE LOBBY
An afternoon of sharing memories amongst present and former staff about the lobby of Whitman-Walker’s Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, having a chance to talk about our experiences of the ongoing response to HIV and connecting with other folks during this very specific moment in history. Led by Ted Kerr
THE WANDA ALSTON FOUNDATION WORKSHOP SERIES
cooperated with the Corner and Youth Services at Whitman Walker team over a series of workshops that allowed for creative expression, vulnerable conversations and new connections. These workshops took place on Tuesdays throughout the month of October. Together we captured our past to present our futures.
As one of the earliest healthcare institutions focused persistently on HIV and LGBTQ care in this country, Whitman-Walker made history. This history is documented in the institution’s Oral History Collection and Archive.
WHITMAN-WALKER ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
LISTEN TO, and READ, some of Whitman-Walker’s oral history collection on the DC Public Library DIGDC website HERE.
HEAR playlists with full oral histories on Whitman-Walker’s SoundCloud and soundbites, or chopped down oral history highlights HERE.
CHECK OUT 40 Stories for 40 Years, a digital, multimedia story series highlighting programs, locations and people as part of Whitman-Walker’s 40th Anniversary in 2018 HERE.
WATCH Fearless at 40: The Story of Whitman-Walker, an hour-long documentary on Whitman-Walker’s shared history with community, continuation of the 40 Stories project and produced with DCTV, HERE.