“Bring your object! Share your story!” The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities is hosting the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts (MMoAA) for a week-long residency in Providence.
The MMoAA is housed in a trailer driven by curator Laurelin Kruse which travels around the country collecting and sharing people’s artifacts and stories. In so doing, it collects an “archeology of the present” that uncovers objects of significant (and insignificant) connection to everyday American life.
With the assistance of four Brown graduate students, Kruse has established partnerships with different organizations in the Providence community in hopes of engaging the MMoAA with Providence and its diverse communities. MMoAA will be parked near 5 different organizations or events throughout the week of May 11-16: David Winton Bell Gallery, Olneyville Community Library, Knight Memorial Community Library, AS220 Foo(d) and WaterFire.
The museum is free — go to MMoAA for the schedule (subject to change). You may also participate by donating an object that will become part of MMoAA’s collection. They are seeking objects and stories that tell about your personal experience with Providence and your neighborhood.