About the Grant

$20,000 to support Stories From the Trees (MAP 2014)
$3,500 to general operating expenses for Paul Rucker
$2,500 to general operating expenses for Earshot Jazz

About the Project

Stories From the Trees re-imagines vintage lynching postcards with animation, live re-staging of attendants, new composition, and live performance. Based on one survey, 4,742 African Americans were murdered by lynching between 1882 and 1968. Others were lynched as well, but not nearly in the same numbers- including people of Caucasian, Chinese, Latino, and Jewish descent. This project will bring to life the different scenarios of lynchings, places where communities gathered with women and children proudly watching these atrocities. The images will suggest those of postcards that were made from photographs of lynchings as common practice.

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Earshot Jazz

Paul Rucker


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