Unearthing the Future: the Art of Reverse Archeology - Interstate 280 in Orange, NJ


Funding Received: 2015
Orange, NJ
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

The Reverse Archaeology project documents and interprets the effect of Interstate-280 in Orange, NJ. I-280 was constructed in the late 1960s, and its path cut through the heart of Orange, devastating the city’s historic African American and Italian American communities. The project uses oral history, ethonography, artist interventions and community engagement to understand the stories of I-280 to know more about how communities thrived before its construction and what it will take for current residents to “plan to stay.”

Our efforts are executed in a manner that enhances rather than displaces current residents. We value sharing resources and insights, making sure all voices and perspectives have a place in the process, and advancing the economic position of our residents and associated artists.  

Our partnership includes: ValleyArts, Montclair State University, the University of Orange, ORNGInk, HANDS and Luna Stage.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Dec 3, 2015
How have highways divided and defined communities in New Jersey? A new study is looking at the impacts Route 280 has had in urban communities... Read More