Albemarle County, VA

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UNSETTLING GROUNDS is a pilot platform showcasing experimental, monumental, place-based artworks by Black, indigenous & low-income artists in the Charlottesville area. Unsettling Grounds is an augmented reality scavenger hunt that alters, critiques, and provides context for the historic Charlottesville Woolen Mills industrial site in Albemarle County’s Broadway Corridor. Using a newly designed app and custom maps, audiences uncover hidden histories of lesser-known struggles for freedom. Monuments are missing; voices are silenced. Unsettling Grounds makes visible and audible the hidden past.

The Unsettling Grounds artist residency at Visible Records is designed to enable local artists to create high-quality media and performance artworks that are then presented and disseminated with the Unsettling Grounds app. Visible Records will provide affordable studio, exhibition space, and programming to eight artists or artist teams selected to contribute to the project. Visible Records is located on the Broadway Corridor.

The project makes possible place-based artworks in the Charlottesville area through support from primary partner, Albemarle County’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. Additional partners include Albemarle County Economic Development Office, The Memory Project, The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Burley Middle School, and The Equity Center. Unsettling Grounds has also received an Enriching Communities grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.