We love having classes visit Interference Archive. It provides us with an easy way to meet our mission of engaging the public with the cultural production of social movements, and we are so grateful for every opportunity to introduce students to a different kind of archive: one where use is a form of preservation; one where multiple forms of knowledge, skill, and experience are valued and shared within non-hierarchical structures; one where everyone is welcomed as an archivist.
We also welcome other large groups who are interested in a guided visit, a tour, a facilitated learning experience, or something similar.
How can you request a visit?
Our Education Working Group is happy to organize virtual visits, or to have a conversation about an in-person visit if conditions allow. Fill out our online form to get in touch for further planning. A volunteer will follow up with you within a week of your form submission. Please allow at least two weeks between the date of your request and the date you would like to visit; more time is really helpful for us.
What can we offer?
We’ve led virtual visits for schools across regions and time zones; read below to get some ideas on what we could do with your class. We recognize that some groups use various hybrid teaching setups; we’re happy to chat about what works for your situation.
For synchronous instruction, we’ll coordinate one or two volunteers to join your regularly scheduled class virtually or at the archive. We can talk about:
- Interference Archive and our own personal experiences as volunteers;
- our archiving work and the archival practices we’ve developed as a community;
- materials from specific exhibitions or from the archive and its holdings;
- we can lead a discussion of archival material related to topics intersecting with your curriculum.
For asynchronous virtual instruction, we have recorded or digitized content educational content from our Visual History of the Climate Justice movement exhibition and related to the online exhibition Walkout: A Brief History of Student Organizing. We can also share reading material about Interference Archive, and we’re happy to provide reflection prompts for students to respond to in some kind of written or creative format.
As a community supported archive, we rely on donations to pay the rent, and request a donation of $100 – $500 per visit. We are happy to supply you with an invoice.