The Art of Regional Change » Project


Restore/Restory explores the different social, cultural, and ecological histories of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve through the voices of a wide range of Yolo County residents. The project involved over 200 people in a collaborative effort to chronicle our diverse and changing demographics, traditions and relationships with the land.   University and community members collected hundreds of audio recordings, images, and documents and compiled them into a an interactive website featuring a storymap of community memories, a site-based audio tour presenting multiple perspectives on local history, digital art murals, and an illustrated historical timeline. In many ways, the Cache Creek Nature Preserve is a microcosm of California and in telling it’s story we are telling the larger narrative of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.   The project aims to forge a shared “sense of place” among residents that leads to sustainable stewardship of our natural and cultural resources.