Since March 2014, we have been collecting perspectives on what form the memorial should take from a broad range of people through a Community Visioning Process. A wide variety of stakeholders and community members participated in the process in order to thoroughly research and authentically honor Parks’ legacy. As a result, the community will have ownership of the plan in a way that will help guarantee its success.
During Phase 1, we have:
- Collected over 400 surveys
- Conducted focus groups
- Organized a community workshop at the Mill City Museum as part of the 2014 One Read initiative (thousands of Minneapolis residents and schoolchildren read A Choice of Weapons, Parks’ autobiography about his time in the Twin Cities)
- Managed an interactive booth at Rondo Days, where actor and voice artist Ronald Collier portrayed Gordon Parks
- Facilitated round table discussions with members of the Parks family
- Visited Parks’ hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas, and its Gordon Parks Museum
- And more!!!
Through this Community Visioning Process, we have received an overwhelming call from participants to make a “living memorial”. This memorial will play a role in the social and cultural development of the city and provide programming within a dynamic urban space in St. Paul.