Rebirth and Revival in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

XARTS Fund, Spring 2016-17

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Project Description

In this exploration of Johnstown, PA as a site of both (simultaneous) decay and prospective revival, we hope to examine how its residents yield hope amidst the town’s economically disadvantaged position. Furthermore, we are interested in how the town’s historical cycle of destruction and rebuilding, as evidenced by catastrophic floods and economic depletion, have formed a cultural identity which has further informed its political perspective and interests. We are also interested in exploring how the residents’ religiosity influences their political perspectives, and how those perspectives have also been influenced by their economic oppression. By means of a documentary film, we will explore how faith responds to the tangible economic reality of oppression and how faith and economic realities coalesce into one’s political perspective.

Team Members

photo of Hunter Zepeda
Hunter Zepeda ’17

photo of Siobhan Furnary
Siobhan Furnary ’17