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Society’s Cage is a timely interpretive installation born in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor as our society reckons with institutional racism and white supremacy.

The installation features a bold interpretive pavilion sculpted to symbolize the historic forces of racialized state violence. The experience educates visitors and functions as a sanctuary to reflect, record and share personal thoughts. It is conceived in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as a mechanism for building empathy and healing.

Society's Cage is designed as a travelling installation and has previously been exhibited in Washington, DC on the National Mall and in Baltimore, Maryland on War Memorial Plaza.

The pavilion travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma to coincide with the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, mob violence that destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the Greenwood District of the city, at the time one of the most prosperous Black communities in the country. Hundreds of Black residents were killed or injured in the violence, and thousands more were displaced.

Society’s Cage is open to the public from Sunday, May 30, 2021 through Saturday, June 19, 2021, on the grounds of the historic Vernon A.M.E. Church, 311 N. Greenwood Avenue. Historic Vernon A.M.E. is the one of the only remaining structures to survive the Massacre, and the only standing Black-owned structure on Greenwood Avenue from the Black Wall Street era.


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Financial donations continue to be needed to meet the goals for the future of Society’s Cage, including traveling to new locations and funding Diversity Advancement scholarships through our partnership with the Architects Foundation.  

We are seeking sponsors who are invested in fighting for justice for Black lives, in uplifting the voices of Black artists and designers, and in bringing awareness to the historic continuum of anti-Black state violence. Please download the sponsorship information package to learn how to become a corporate sponsor. 

Help the installation reach new audiences and invest in the education of the next generation of architects who will create more inclusive spaces, places and communities, by making an individual donation through the portal on the Architects Foundation website



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