The Living Archive Project

The Living Archive Project, led by visual artist Christina Hunt Wood and Nancy Barton of Prattsville Art Center & Residency, is a multidisciplinary collaboration between artists, community members, and organizations throughout the Northern Catskills. The project aims to enrich and rethink rural tradition and enable transformation through an inclusive representation of the histories of people living in the area through storytelling practices.

The inclusiveness of the Living Archive is dependent on hearing many voices—our project seeks out historians, artists, and other creative professionals across disciplines in both urban and rural spaces to help us better understand who we are, how we see ourselves now, and what kind of future we might build together. Through dialogue, collaborative art-making, and mutual support, we will explore many ways to connect through a more expansive understanding of storytelling. The diverse stories collected are at the heart of the Living Archive Project.

Specific goals include creating an online Living Archive featuring work collected throughout the project’s duration and the production of a document highlighting work from the Living Archive. Additionally, project partners will explore creating a monument to honor historically underrepresented people in the Catskills.