Hometown Heroes (2011) 75 Years of Extraordinary Greenbelt Women
Established in 1937, Greenbelt, Maryland was built by the FDR administration during the Depression as an experiment in modern town planning. In observation of the ofﬁcial 75th anniversary of the Greenbelt, Hometown Heroes: 75 Years of Extraordinary Greenbelt Women honors the stories of Greenbelt women-- past and present, young and old--whose contributions have made this city such a dynamic and inspiring place to live. Choreographed by Angella Foster in collaboration with the dancers, this site-speciﬁc dance installation was created for speciﬁcally for the Greenbelt Museum home and its surrounding grounds. The work explores the experiences of the women who lived in Greenbelt as young mothers and “homemakers” in the late 1930ʼs and early 1940ʼs as “pioneers” of the cooperative spirit of the community.
Hometown Heroes features an original sound score, including interviews with six women as found in the oral history archives of the Greenbelt museum, as well as music, advertisements and radio programs of the era. The work was performed at the museum home in a series of intimate guided tours over four weekends during the summer of 2012. In addition, a companion gallery exhibit installation was featured in the Greenbelt Community Center art gallery from September 31 through October 26, 2012 with a special screening of the short ﬁlm based on the summer performances on October 7, 2012.