Scribe Video Center was founded in 1982 by Pew and MacArthur Fellow Louis Massiah as a place where individuals and communities learn media-making and explore the use of video as both an artistic medium and a tool for progressive social change. A nationally known and community-based media arts center, Scribe has compiled more than 350 documentary works that represent a history of Philadelphia told by its citizens.
Scribe Video Center will explore the history and impact of the Great Migration (1916–30) on Philadelphia, when blacks fled the South for economic opportunities in the Northern states, giving rise to new African-American neighborhoods. A body of oral histories will serve as the core inspiration for this multimedia project, told by Philadelphia residents who experienced the Great Migration firsthand. Selected media artists will create site-specific installations, interactive games, and audio tours on the subject, using material from these archival interviews and input from local community groups, for public debut in 2016, the Great Migration's centennial. The project will challenge participants and audiences to consider the compelling and transformative history that led to huge shifts in the culture and makeup of Philadelphia.
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