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East Side Chapel Renewal and Stained Glass Stories

Dr. Alysia Harris Corsicana, TX
2021-24: The goal of what I’m calling the larger ongoing East Side Chapel Revival Project is simple: Revival, in the spiritual, civic, and cultural sense, of this chapel in Corsicana’s historic East Side neighborhood for present and future generations. My goal is to implement the first stage in the preservation and activation process. This involves a two to three-month community video and oral history project culminating in an interpretive installation inside East Side Chapel. The working title for the oral history and installation is “Stained Glass Stories.” This project involves three different elements of creative practice: storytelling and oral history, video documentary & photography, and art installation & historical interpretation.
Alysia’s Grantee Cohort

A joint project of the Ministry in the City HUB and Walls-Ortiz Gallery at City Seminary, the Creative Community Care Virtual Residency brought together socially-engaged Christian creatives from New York City, Indianapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Corsicana (Tx) for peer mentor support, learning, and sharing. In 2021, residents developed local projects in their respective cities, exploring creative practices of care in the context of community. Projects engaged the concerns and questions of the pandemic period (mutual aid, care re-imagined for social distance, etc.) at the intersection of the arts, learning, faith, and the city. In 2022, the resident pairs offered public online workshops. In 2024, a traveling group exhibition will be on display, starting in Santa Ana, CA.

Alysia’s Ministry
Program focus: Arts