Call for Nominations for Landslide 2021: Race and Space

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Call for Nominations for Landslide 2021: Race and Space

Call for Nominations for Landslide 2021: Race and Space
Feb 17, 2021

The call for nominations for Landslide® 2021: Race and Space is now open. This follows the announcement in late 2020 that “Race and Space” would be the unifying theme for The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) programmatic agenda beginning in 2021. As an education and advocacy organization, we will make visible, instill value and engage the public in these myriad cultural landscapes that collectively convey who we are, where we came from, and where we are going as a nation comprised of diverse people. TCLF is committing to a comprehensive, ongoing effort across all of our programming and advocacy initiatives to reveal the stories of these largely unrecognized cultural landscapes and lifeways. One of TCLF's principal education and advocacy initiative is Landslide and the annual thematic Landslide report about cultural landscapes that are threatened and at-risk. The goal is to draw immediate and lasting attention to threatened sites by making them more visible, revealing their value, and promoting public engagement in the form of advocacy and stewardship.

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Memorial service at the lynching site of Jesse Lee Bond (included in Landslide 2018: Grounds for Democracy) in Memphis, TN - Photo by Thomas Haley - courtesy Jessica Orians, 2018
The 2020 social unrest and protests for racial justice, stemming from the death of Black Americans at the hands of police, have revealed deep divisions in our nation and exposed a profound lack of education and awareness about our own fractured American history; it has also prompted a great deal of soul searching about privilege and systemic racism along with calls for healing and reconciliation. In some key ways, this recalls the events of the 1968 Civil Rights Movement, when marches, riots, and sadly, even assassinations of African American leaders signaled that the fabric of American democracy was unraveling. That unforgettable year was in many ways the flashpoint of struggles by generations of African Americans to secure the personal liberty and equality promised but not yet delivered by their citizenship. Although the ensuing decades have undeniably brought progress on many fronts, the present moment, too, is rife with upheaval and social division—a sign of how far we have yet to go on our journey toward “a more perfect union,” despite how far we have come.

We continue to witness the surfacing of long neglected and largely unknown stories about cultural landscapes associated with African Americans and other non-White citizens. Some are known, while many are invisible; others have been erased. TCLF has focused on a number of sites associated with civil and human rights; that was the case with the Landslide 2018 thematic report, Grounds for Democracy, which included the Lynching Sites of Shelby County, Tennessee, Japanese American Confinement Sites, and many others.
 
After the pertinent Landslide 2021: Race and Space landscapes have been identified, TCLF will commission noted photographers to capture the essence of each threatened site. Along with the newly commissioned photographs, a complementary online exhibition will include historical images, site plans, other archival materials and video interviews.
 

The deadline to submit is June 15, 2021, and questions can be submitted to Nord Wennerstrom: nord@tclf.org

>Download the Nomination Form