Beach-themed studio dance party to end the work week

Make norms explicit

Each person uses a platform slightly differently, carrying with them different norms and expectations. In one project of ours, elderly participants misinterpreted delays in text responses from younger participants as a lack of interest and commitment. This is just one…

Photo of a crowd of protesters in New Rochelle, with person in foreground holding up a Black Lives Matter sign
A participant shared this photo of their proudest moment as an activist: helping to organize the largest march for racial justice in the history of New Rochelle

Photo: Matthew LeJune

A snapshot from the first day of the studio, where students explored different areas of San José in small groups. One team was delighted to discover a wall around the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design that doubled as public seating to the neighborhood. (Left to right: Ana Acevedo, Diana Pang, and Majo Tamayo; Photo: Sammy Creeger)

Marquise Stillwell. Photograph by Paper Monday.

Tina Thomson (center) at the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March in South Africa with original marchers Sophia Williams-de Bruyn (left) and Bertha Gxowa (right) in 2006.

Understanding the lived experiences of communities is central to Openbox’s process. Community research in D.C. ranged from the experience of erasure in gentrifying neighborhoods to the desire to ground action and activism in the everyday.

Wooden spoons and metal bottles ready for collective clanging at 7pm to celebrate frontline workers (Image: New York City, 2020).

Although most of us are home and apart, we can still fill our days with projects to connect and help our world.

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