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The mission of the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) is to preserve history and promote scholarship of grassroots urban space activism by researching and archiving efforts to create community spaces. We will also exhibit materials that document these actions, to educate people on the political implications of reclaimed space.
The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) will be a living archive of the Lower East Side’s squats and gardens. It will be located in the storefront of a historic building in the East Village of New York, and will display materials such as photographs, posters, zines, underground newspapers, comics, banners and buttons that show how local residents cleaned up vacant lots and buildings in the area, and made them organizing spaces for the community. The museum will also offer three daily tours, which will lead participants to the East Village’s most legendary community gardens, squats and sites of social change, and explain their compelling and rich histories.
- Laurie Mittelmann
- (973) 818-8495
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