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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Saturday, September 25, 2021
A thought-provoking exhibit is coming to the Dayton Metro Library. Undesign the Redline examines the roots of structural racism through the experiences of people and communities affected by the legacy of redlining. Timelines, maps and narratives depict the origin and lasting effects of redlining – a practice which embedded segregation and inequality into the development of American cities and suburbs. The exhibit will be on display at the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street, August 6-September 25. School groups, organizations and individuals can schedule guided tour experiences now at DaytonMetroLibrary.org/undesign-the-redline.
“This exhibit could not be more timely or topical,” said Diane Farrell, Director of External Relations and Development. “Many people and organizations are striving to be more intentional about their strategy toward antiracism. There’s a desire to learn and a greater openness to conversation about policies and practices. This exhibit will fuel important discussions that need to take place.”
Redlining maps, introduced in the 1930s, delineated risk areas for federally funded home ownership programs. Neighborhoods where no investment would be made were outlined in red – literally “redlined” – and race was the primary factor in determining these zones. Because they were often unable to access housing loans, mortgages, and other financial services, residents of redlined areas were left with fewer housing and employment opportunities. A shrinking tax base led to insufficient public services and concentrated poverty. Meanwhile, investment poured into rapidly expanding, whiter suburbs, where families could purchase property and accrue wealth over time, while also accessing better-funded schools, jobs and healthcare.
“This exhibit is more than a history lesson. It’s a chance for us to redesign the redline so that every person, regardless of their race, family income, or zip code, has what they need to learn, grow, and thrive,” said Kristina Scott, CEO of Learn to Earn Dayton.
Undesign the Redline includes both local and national elements. Visitors can learn the stories of people affected by redlining, and place themselves on the map to see how policies may have advantaged or disadvantaged their families and neighbors. DML, with area partners, will host special events (virtually or in person), including speakers, themed book clubs, author visits, gallery exhibits, and neighborhood gatherings. Books under consideration for discussion include The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein and Race for Profit by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. DML will purchase multiple copies of these and related books to encourage community-wide reading and discussion groups.
While the exhibit will be open for self-guided visits, individuals may choose to register for a free guided tour. School field trips are being scheduled now, and there are room packages available for groups and organizations who wish to use the exhibit as a framework for their meeting, discussion, or training event. Information about scheduling any of the following options can be found at DaytonMetroLibrary.org/undesign-the-redline, or by calling the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937-463-2665.
FREE GUIDED TOURS
An informative exhibit guide will help visitors have a more in-depth learning experience. Free tours will be offered on Tuesdays, 4:30 pm and Saturdays, 10:30 am, August 7 – September 25, 2021. Tour is approximately 30-40 minutes long, with time for Q&A following. Tour size is limited; advance registration is required. Groups who wish to tour the exhibit together at a different time may make arrangements by calling the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937-463-2665.
SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
This exhibit will be especially valuable for high school students of American History, Civics, Government, Social Studies and Civil Rights. Students will be able to see for themselves how governmental policies were applied in their own neighborhoods, and how these policies affect employment, education, safety, health care, and other aspects of their daily lives. Curriculum and content enhancements are provided by Montgomery County Educational Service Center (MCESC). For more information or to schedule a field trip, complete the online form or email Teen Services Coordinator Steve Moser at SMoser@DaytonMetroLibrary.org. Funding may be available to assist with transportation.
Civic, business, or social groups may want to schedule their meetings at the Main Library, and use the exhibit as a framework for learning and discussion. Room, Exhibit and Food Packages are available. Per person pricing includes room rental (with podium, mic, projector, screen), food, beverage, and service charge. A complimentary presentation about the exhibit can be requested. (A private, guided tour of the exhibit is $20.) Food and beverage is provided by Kohler Catering (10 person minimum required). For package options or to reserve, contact Kim Dellinger, Events Manager, at KDellinger@DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call 937.496.8519.
EXHIBIT VOLUNTEERS WANTED
Trained docents will help visitors more fully experience Undesign the Redline. Docents will lead the free public tours on Tuesdays at 4:30-5:30 pm and Saturdays at 10:30-11:30 am. Docents will also lead tours for high school field trips and scheduled group events as they arise. Learn to Earn Dayton, with a grant from The Dayton Foundation, will provide a stipend for selected student docents. Docents will be expected to have some knowledge of the history of redlining and its legacy in our community. Training will take place on Thursday, August 5, and ongoing as needed. Interested individuals can see the job description and complete an application online; applicants will be contacted for an interview.
Undesign the Redline exhibit sponsors to date include CareSource, Cox First Media, Fifth Third Bank, Key Bank, Learn to Earn Dayton, Mathile Family Foundation, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, Montgomery County Educational Services Center, PNC, Premier Health, StriveTogether, The Dayton Foundation and The Iddings Foundation. Programming enhancements at the Library are funded in part by the Friends of the Library and federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funds, granted through the State Library of Ohio.
Dayton Metro Library is the first local site to host this exhibit, which then then travels to the University of Dayton (October 2021), Sinclair Community College (November 2021) and Wright State University (February 2022).
For more information about the exhibit, related programming and resources, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org/undesign-the-redline, or call 937-463-2665.