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The Art of Regional Change to Unveil Restore/Restory Project

On Saturday, October 20, from noon to 6 p.m., visitors to the Cache Creek Nature Preserve will be able to see the past unfold as the UC Davis Art of Regional Change and the Cache Creek Conservancy unveil a collaborative, multimedia project titled “Restore/Restory: A People’s History of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve.” The afternoon festival will showcase the stories of Yolo County’s peoples, traditions, and relationship to the land through site-based audio tours, interactive art murals, nature and culture walks, and story circles.

The storytelling project, a culmination of nearly two years of collaboration, aims to strengthen the ties between the university and the community by bringing together UC Davis students, faculty, and artists with members of the Cache Creek Conservancy as well as a cross-section of Yolo County residents to create a shared vision of the past. That vision, consisting of a story map, audio tours, digital murals, and a timeline of images, maps and historical documents, will be unveiled during the festival and on the project’s new website: http://restorerestory.org.

“We have involved over 200 residents in co-creating a public history that brings to life a mosaic of experiences with a place we have in common. The Preserve is a tangible reminder of our past,” said Project Director jesikah maria ross. “While the preserve may not be known for a single historic event, witnessing its social and ecological history helps us understand who we are and consider the lessons learned as we move forward as a community.”

Indeed, the preserve’s history is now a part of UC Davis students’ history as well. UC Davis undergraduates had a chance to participate in the composition of this project, contributing storyteller interviews and profiles to the digital exhibit. Their participation came through two UC Davis courses: an environmental writing course and a technocultural studies seminar.  Students who worked on the storyteller exhibit noted “the incredible power of a place to bring people together…[and the] power of collaboration among different people.”

Lynnel Pollock, executive director of the Cache Creek Conservancy, is looking forward to sharing the results of this collaboration with the community. “This site has had an exciting and varied past, and now it will be shared with the general public,” said Pollock.  “The history and art work generated through this project will really help the Conservancy in its efforts to promote stewardship of our natural and cultural resources.”

Free and open to the public, the event located at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, 34199 County Road 20, Woodland, will also feature live music, hands-on activities for youth, basket-weaving demonstrations, and guest speakers.

A joint collaboration between the UC Davis Art of Regional Change and the Cache Creek Conservancy, the October 20th event is funded by the UC Humanities Research Institute with additional support from Tuleyome, Capay Valley Vision, Putah Creek Council, and the Yolo County Historical Society.   The Restore/Restory project was funded by the UC Institute for Research in the Arts and the Quitalpás Foundation.

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