Inspired by Noah Street, named for Noah Penn, one of the neighborhood’s pioneers and a founder of Greater El Bethel Baptist Church, The Ark on Noah Street consists of a superstructure of reclaimed and salvaged materials from the neighborhood built around a 20-foot shipping container and displayed at 1127 E 10th St (at the corner of Noah St and Cliff St behind Greater El Bethel Baptist Church). During a festival commemorating the Ark, its interior was transformed into a gallery as collages of family and institutional narratives created by local community members were brought in a processional culminating at the Ark. Following the festival, the Ark remained on display and when disassembled, will be stored within the container to be resurrected as part of a yearly ritual. The metaphor of the Ark represents the neighborhood and its families and institutions as a vessel for culture and memory and its annual resurrection as a means for celebrating the place’s journey across the years.
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Music: Kevin MacLeod - Acid Jazz