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UCIRA Artist jesikah maria ross’ People’s History Project featured in Orion Magazine

How many stories are held by a single patch of land? For multimedia artist jesikah maria ross, uncovering the answer is a means of knowing and loving our places and neighbors. jeskiah is the creator of Restore/Restory, a UCIRA funded project that chronicles the stories, traditions, and relationships connected to a single, 130-acre patch of rural California called the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. Through hundreds of interviews, audio recordings, photographs, and documents, Restore/Restory articulates the ways in which a particular patch of California is also the whole of California, with its legacy of change and struggle, beauty and diversity. The high profile national environmental journal, Orion, recently launched an eight-part online mini-series featuring stories and images from the project. Restore/Restory involved over 200 Yolo County residents including UC Davis students and scholars and demonstrates how universities can lead interdisciplinary, engaged arts projects.

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