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THE ART OF REGIONAL CHANGE The Art of Regional Change (ARC) completed its final project in 2012-2013. After five years of exciting public humanities initiatives that brought together scores of faculty, hundreds of students, and countless residents around California’s Central Valley and Sierra Nevada to create media that impacts and informs community life, student learning and public scholarship, the Art of Regional Change wrapped up in Fall 2012 by compiling a multimedia, digi- tal history of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve.

“When I review the five different projects we produced—the digital media, public events, community partnerships, press and scholarly articles—I’m reminded that you can never keep a good idea down,” said ARC Director jesikah maria ross. “I revel in all that we have accomplished, especially since our initiative launched at the same time as the financial meltdown in 2008, which altered our university system and staffing immeasurably.”

Restore/Restory, ARC’s final project, is a website that presents a layered and multi-dimensional history of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve told through the perspective of the people whose lives are intertwined with its present and its past. The website tells the story of California’s rich cultural and environmental heritage and builds connections among people and the place they call home with the voices, views and images of a diverse cross section of Yolo County residents—from tribal leaders to teachers, miners to environmen- talists, farmers, scientists, poets and policy makers. Its storymap of community memories filters stories by topic; an audio tour moves back and forth effortlessly among audio stops and allows visitors to download the media as well as the tour map and interview tran- scripts; digital murals are navigable and have many added stories; and an illustrated timeline displays archival and contemporary images for each entry. You can find all of these features and stories at

The Art of Regional Change was co-founded and sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change. Its pres- ence and its work will be maintained and accessible to the public through its website:



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