La Carpa Mobile Memory Museum: A Project of El Museo del Norte A brick and mortar museum may be our future goal, but that doesn't mean we can't develop a display that documents the long and rich history of Latina/os in the State right now! La Carpa-A Mobile Memory Museum is an attempt to do just that. Drawing its name from the historical tradition of Mexican tent shows, La Carpa will travel the state, introducing young and old alike to the history of Latina/os in Michigan, while at the same time raising awareness about the need for a permanent museum in Southwest Detroit.
The content of La Carpa will be created from photos, letters, documents, oral narratives and more, both in Spanish and English. La Carpa may take the form of a self-contained “museum” (on wheels) that can be parked anywhere, or it may involve a free-standing display that can be easily assembled, broken down, and stored.
We are currently collaborating with professor Mick Kennedy's graduate design studio at the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman School of Architecture and Urban planning to develop the design for La Carpa. On October 23rd, University of Michigan graduate design studio students presented eleven proposals for the traveling display’s design at an El Museo del Norteevent held at the Mexicantown Mercado and International Welcome Center in Detroit.Our mobile museum task force is reviewing these proposals and will decide on a final design by mid-November. Check out our student design showcase to see a slideshow of the students' ideas for La Carpa!
El Museo del Norte collaborates with University of Michigan's A. Alfred Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Students presented 11 proposals for the mobile museum display on October 23rd, 2011 at the Mexicantown Mercado and International Welcome Center in Detroit