Lessons from The Colored Girls Museum: The Home as a Design-Driven Healing Space
The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum located within a home, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of Colored Girls. This museum initiates the ordinary” object—submitted by the colored girl herself, as representative of an aspect of her story and personal history, which she finds meaningful; her object embodies her experience and expression of being a Colored Girl. The current exhibit, "A Good Night's Sleep" is prescriptive - it is home as a salve - a space for healing from the wounds of a protracted low-intensity conflict. It is an investigation into the consequence of sleeplessness in our community and the benefits of getting a good night sleep. The design talk aims to explore home as sacred healing space and to showcase rooms that depict this important issue. The bed is the most private of "homes" within a home; the locus of a range of experiences. How do the elements of design - particularly those identified by colored girls and women - be they professionals in the disciplines of design, art, health care, and community organizing, as well "ordinary-extraordinary" colored girls and women from a range of backgrounds, be engaged in the process of generating beneficial community norms around restorative sleep. The talk will take place from 2pm to 3pm. Attendees have the option of joining a guided tour of the museum from 3 to 4pm, for a donation of $10.