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Insurgent Benefit is a series of work focused on the history of Benefit Street in Providence, Rhode Island. The central focus of the series is a pop-up exhibition on Benefit Street, titled The Other Mile of History, which tells the stories of individuals and groups who lived, worked, or developed on Benefit Street.

The Other Mile of History was installed on Benefit Street in May 2019. The goal of the project is to bring the street’s layers of rich history to life through a physical intervention in public space. Temporary exhibition displays were designed to hug the lampposts on Benefit Street. Each display features names, photos, descriptions, maps, and quotes that correspond to the stories of an individual or community group that once made a claim to the Street nearby the particular lamppost it rests on.

The Other Mile of History has been adapted into a gallery exhibition, installed in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University until May 28, 2019. The Granoff Center installation on Floor 3S, like this website, features all the stories in one location to give a fuller understanding of the history of Benefit Street.

Insurgent Benefit was devised, researched, and designed by Brenton Duhan with the help of many community partners and funding through the Brown Arts Initiative. Thank you to the many individuals that were interviewed in the process of researching Benefit Street, as well as Francesca Liuni, Alexander Haynes, and Wendy Edwards, who served as advisors for the conception and creation of this series.

For suggestions, feedback, or clarification, contact Brenton Duhan at brenton_duhan@brown.edu.

 
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