CASA DE ABUELA
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Casa de Abuela (Grandma’s House) is an art project created to connect with the immigrant residents of the Point neighborhood in Salem in a deep and unconventional way. Casa de Abuela will be a small house; a replica of a typical Dominican country house. The creation of Casa de Abuela offers North Shore Community Development Coalition an innovative opportunity to engage the community, activate a community parcel, and create economic development. At Casa de Abuela, residents will remember their roots through storytelling, have opportunities to share various cultural foods, and showcase a physical space to visitors that celebrates their culture.
The design of Casa de Abuela features four simple wooden walls, a tin roof, and operable shutter-style wood windows; all known elements in a real, life-size Dominican country house. The main physical space within Casa de Abuela will reveal a realistic living room scene featuring the typical humble life of a Dominican grandmother. Connected to this there will be an area set aside for a small pop-up experience that will resemble a convenience store similar to one in the Dominican Republic. There will also be added elements to the program to deepen the experience over time.
We are collecting stories from the community to include in Casa de Abuela.
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Over 48 community members have created their own visual representation of Casa De Abuela.
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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Share stories of your grandparent’s house or childhood home by taking the survey linked below.
THRIVING PLACES COLLABORATIVE
Jill Eshelman, PhD, of Thriving Places Collaborative has been leading the community engagement efforts for the Casa de Abuela project. She has been leading creative workshops and gathering stories at community events about various aspects of home and memories of peoples’ grandparents’ houses. These stories will be used to inform the design of the Casa de Abuela when it is built in the summer of 2024.