Undesign the Redline Exhibit on Display at McNichols Civic Center Building Through July

Interactive exhibition explores history of U.S. housing policy, race, segregation and impact in Denver

DENVER (April 1, 2019) – After a successful run at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, the Undesign the Redline exhibit has moved to the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, where it will be on display through July. 

Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit that traces the history and legacy of housing discrimination and segregation across Metro Denver and the United States. The powerful exhibition uses narratives of people and communities, maps, and other documentation to trace how government policy going back to the 30s, known as “redlining,” created racial segregation and disinvestment in communities that persist to this day.

Undesign the Redline was created by social impact firm Designing the WE in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and is sponsored by Denver Arts and Venues, McNichols Civic Center Building and Shift Research Lab.  

The exhibition combines historical artifacts, storytelling, photographs and activities to illustrate redlining’s roots and lasting repercussions. The history in the Denver neighborhoods of Five Points, Park Hill, Montbello, Globeville and many others will be explored in the exhibit timelines, spanning from the 1800s to the present.

Undesign the Redline puts into perspective the local community landscape and the history of Denver, including the stories of

•    Clara Brown, the first African-American woman to make it in the Colorado Gold Rush
•    Mayor Benjamin Stapleton and the KKK
•    Mile High Housing Association, the first cooperative of single-family homes in the nation
•    The Denver Black Panther Party
•    The annexation of Auraria by the Denver Urban Renewal Authority

Undesign the Redline runs through July at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. in Denver. Exhibit hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Before visiting the exhibit, check the McNichols calendar to ensure that there are no private events that day closing the building to the public.

About Enterprise Community Partners
Enterprise is a proven and powerful nonprofit that improves communities and people’s lives by making well-designed homes affordable. We bring together the nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investments to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development. Over 35 years, Enterprise has created nearly 529,000 homes, invested $36 billion and touched millions of lives. Join us at www.enterprisecommunity.org.

About Designing the We
Designing the We is a for-benefit design studio positioned within the fields of social innovation and community driven social, cultural and economic development. dtW facilitates collaborative processes to redefine how big picture systemic challenges are approached, identify opportunities for action, and co-design more holistic and resilient strategies centered on positive transformation.

About the McNichols Civic Center Building
Located at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Bannock Street, the McNichols Civic Center Building opened originally in 1910 as a Carnegie Library, then became home to the Denver Water Board in 1955. In 1999, the building was rededicated as McNichols Civic Center Building in honor of the McNichols family’s contributions to Denver and Colorado. The McNichols Building was host to the 2010 inaugural Biennial of the Americas, the first public cultural event in the space. In 2012 Denver Arts & Venues took over management of the building to continue offering cultural events and programs to Denver citizens and visitors. Also, in 2012, the building, along with Civic Center Park, was named a National Historic Landmark. 

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