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Colin Powell School’s Chayanne Marcano wins Smithsonian award

Chayanne Marcano
Chayanne Marcano

Chayanne Marcano, an anthropology major in The City College of New York’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, is spending this summer at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. after her latest honor. The junior is the recipient of a research internship at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.

 Marcano will work on a project examining the roles of community-based museums and gentrification in Washington, D.C.  The Bronx native believes there is a power in community-based museums that can provide nontraditional audiences with the space to shape their own histories and representations.

For Marcano, the museum, as well as engaged scholarship, can be tools for social change.

This is a continuation of her interest in the relationship between public spaces and the communities they are located in that she pursued as a Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in Chicago last summer. Her focus is museums, particularly those situated in communities of color.

In addition to her Mellon fellowship, Marcano is a Thomas W. Smith Fellow at CCNY.

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