The Divided City Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis has awarded 2,022 Faculty Collaboration Grants to a group including Ian Trivers, Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and to a working group made up of members from Arts and Sciences, the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies, and the Sam Fox School.
“A Sorry Stop” is an initiative led by Trivers, with filmmakers Daniel Parris and Aisha Sultan. It aims to address the state of local bus stops, an issue that not only involves transport safety and quality, but also urban equity, dignity and inequality. Through a short documentary, the project highlights the importance of bus stops and shares the stories of people who most often use the buses.
The other funded project is the STLr City Working Group, which includes people from universities and cultural institutions in St. Louis. The group is planning Indigenous STL, a conference in the summer of 2023 to foster connections between local organizations; deepen relationships with Indigenous groups; bringing Indigenous issues and voices to the forefront of the St. Louis community; and lay the groundwork for future projects and partnerships.
The “Divided City,” created in 2014 with support from the Mellon Foundation, is an urban humanities initiative to explore how segregation plays out in cities, neighborhoods, landscapes and buildings. This is a collaboration between the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences and the Sam Fox School.
Learn more about all of the initiative’s projects here.