Over a seven month period in 2015, My Baryo My Borough, a community-based arts and oral history project, partnered with Queens Memory, the Queens Library’s local history project, to collaboratively document the Filipino and Filipino-American communities in Queens, NY. My Baryo, My Borough and Queens Memory worked with the Filipino-American community to collect oral history recordings and digitize photographs from the local Filipino-American experience. Central to our success was a shared understanding that our partnership was building mutual legitimacy and trust, creating local capacity and shared ownership, and centering leadership for the project within the Filipino-American community in Queens. More broadly, the partnership illuminated the role that the arts can play in documenting communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the archive.



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