BARBADOS BEYOND BOUNDARIES
The Barbados Museum & Historical Society is pleased to welcome the National Museum of African American History & Culture | Smithsonian Institution as the official partner on ‘the Barbados Beyond Boundaries project‘.
Barbados Beyond Boundaries (BBB) is a community-constructed digital space, mapping contributions of the vast ways people from Barbados and the diaspora experience being Barbadian.
The main objective of the project is to promote an accessible diversity of narratives that relate to ‘Barbadianness’ in the context of 50 years as an independent nation. Therefore the term ‘Beyond Boundaries’ refers to experiences that go beyond geographical, cultural, generational and racial stereotypes.
The Digital Mapping Space
BBB is a digital platform of exchange between community groups as well as individuals across the diaspora and works with them via online workshops on diverse approaches for engagement and contribution to the project within and across their territories.
BBB functions under the ethos of a facilitated network of content contribution. This means it is implementing a co-constructed approach to project design with local and diasporic community groups, overseen by the museum curatorial team.
Participation in BBB can happen at two levels of submission – individual or community project.
Individuals can submit an artefact in the digital medium of their choice (text, movie, photo, sound-byte) via the Museum for review. After approval, your artefact will be linked with the geographical location you specified on the BBB digital map. This then can be accessed by anyone who would like to hear about your experience!
Community groups and organizations can also submit their projects or collated artefacts. In addition to archiving the way you are celebrating Bajaness, the digital map can also act as a connection device, facilitating interaction between different community groups across the world.
Please email Natalie McGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your content and for enquiries into the Barbados Beyond Boundaries digital map