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Erin Bernard



Erin Bernard interviews Gloria King in a vacant lot on North 13th Street in November 2014, for History Truck's 2015 exhibition They Say They Gonna Build. Photo by Mark Krendel.


A Lot More Historical, an oral history and memory mapping block party to share memories and consider ideas for History Truck's 2015 exhibition, presented in collaboration with Temple University's Center for Public History, the Free Breakfast Program collective, artists Theodore A. Harris and Tim Portlock, and the neighbors of North 13th Street and Cumberland Street in North Philadelphia. Photo by Jill Saull.


WIC grocery store line sign, 2015. Photo by Erin Bernard.

Curator, community artist, and historian Erin Bernard will explore the lived experience of welfare through a multi-part, mobile exhibition and series of public programs, informed by first-person accounts of the Women, Infants, and Children (W.I.C.) nutritional assistance program. The project is an extension of Bernard's Philadelphia Public History Truck project, a traveling museum that creates neighborhood history installations in collaboration with community members "to deal with issues of urban crisis," Bernard says. Utilizing the History Truck's community curatorial process, Bernard will work with a group of women currently on the W.I.C. program to become trained public historians and conversation leaders as they create an oral history initiative, titled "Grocery Stories." Visual artist Jebney Lewis will create an immersive W.I.C. office installation inside the truck, accompanied by an interpretive grocery store circular produced by designer and archivist Joshua MacPhee. The project will culminate in an exhibition at the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, as well as live radio programs on the community internet radio station G-Town Radio, featuring commentary by participating mothers.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.