"One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. We must not remember that Daniel Webster got drunk but only remember that he was a splendid constitutional lawyer. We must forget that George Washington was a slave owner . . . and simply remember the things we regard as creditable and inspiring. The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect men and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth."
(1) memorialize through interactive, learning-focused installations historically marginalized peoples, heroes of social justice and civil rights, & individuals who have lost their lives to injustice, tyranny, and domestic terrorism;
(2) develop and share educational materials on historically untaught or under-learned events and people;
(3) support local activism toward social justice, injustice awareness, and community outreach.
Is this a 501(c)3 organization?
No. For lack of a better descriptor, this is an ongoing art installation and media development project meant to raise awareness.
Where can I find the art on Vashon to see it in person?
Most painting are currently on display to the public in an outdoor installation at the Vashon Center for the Arts.
Why don't you describe the details of peoples' deaths?
That's honestly a very good question - and we sincerely appreciate people who wonder this. We don't describe the details of death because we think that children should be as aware of these incidents and individuals as adults are. And, as parents, we are sensitive to the fact that each family should be able to decide how best to communicate about death, violence, and brutality. Besides, details can be found with a simple google search for those interested, and we fully encourage those interested to research what happened.
What are the educational materials you develop?
In our day jobs, we (the editorial we) are instructional designers, educators, and educational media developers for K-12 and higher education. We have worked with University of California, Oregon State University, Central Texas College, University of Maryland, and several school districts, including Vashon ISD.
What's next for Vashon Remembrance Project?
We would like the current series (Summer 2020) to be the first small step of many island-wide art and learning installations, honoring individuals and groups. We hope to develop either bi-annual or seasonal projects with which to engage the community, which we will announce on this page and on Facebook.