The Three-Fifths Project is a museum series that examines the topic of racism in America.
The concept is to produce and develop a pop-up museum event, housed in a vacant home that utilizes artists; art creation; film; photo and storytelling exhibits; teachers trained in diversity, equity, and inclusion; in a venue that creates a powerful and realistic atmosphere on a single theme.
The project, formally This Abandon House: A Pop-Up Museum, is a collaborative undertaking between The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion and Big City Films that uses art and technology to explore the manifestations of racism in housing, law enforcement, the health-care system, education, employment and poverty, while highlighting those individuals working to overcome those inequalities.
America's Original Sin
America’s problems with race is deeply rooted. With institutional racism consciously incorporated in the language of the Constitution, and the country’s foundation tied to the near annihilation of one race of people and the enslavement of another, racism is America's original sin. And as recent events confirm, we continue to suffer from this legacy. Despite being defined by race, American society does not spend much time analyzing the history of our racial divisions, preferring to believe in the inevitable progression towards racial equality. But the old patterns of white privilege are increasingly colliding with the changing demographics of a diverse nation causing increasing conflict, demanding a search for a new solution.
Art as a Tool
In search of this solution, The Michigan Roundtable and Big City Films have developed The Three-Fifths Project, a project that uses art as a racial equality tool. Art can influence society by changing opinions, instilling values, and translating experiences across space and time. Art in this sense is communication; it allows people from different cultures and different times to communicate with each other via images, sounds and stories.