Invisible Heritage: Identity, Memory & Our Town is an ambitious and innovative community revitalization project launched by Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT) to invest in workforce development and historic restoration using creative placemaking as a vehicle for transformation.
Invisible Heritage is an opportunity to engage in the ancestral work of promoting and protecting the built heritage of Frederiksted town and the Free Gut neighborhood specifically. The project is led by CHANT’s Executive Director, Frandelle Gerard and managed by Akua Jackson, Program Manager.
Project deliverables are executed through three work areas: community engagement/public art, training/apprenticeship and acquisitions/construction. Click here for a full overview…
Upon completion of this ambitious project, historic properties will be occupied by low/moderate income residents, along with artists and artisans bringing life to formerly abandoned spaces. In building an accredited training and job experience program for residents, a pipeline for careers in the building arts, historic restoration and preservation and the decorative arts will be established.
With community ownership of the project, new processes for and works of socially engaged public art will be created. The power of the place will be charged by the historical narrative and the structures and will be activated by the community for positive transformation.