Support Society’s Cage – a traveling experiential installation highlighting the historic forces of racialized state violence

Support Society’s Cage – a traveling experiential installation highlighting the historic forces of racialized state violence image



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We’re fundraising to support Society’s Cage as it travels to new cities and to fund scholarships to help more historically underrepresented students pursue careers in architecture

Conceived and led by a team of Black architects at SmithGroup, Society’s Cage is a timely interpretive installation born in the aftermath of the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor murders 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. Learn more about the design of the installation by visiting

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 is in Tulsa, Oklahoma to coincide with the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst instances of racial violence in our nation’s history. It is open through Saturday, June 19, 2021 on the grounds of the historic Vernon A.M.E. Church, the only standing Black-owned structure on Greenwood Avenue from the Black Wall Street era.

Financial donations to Society’s Cage help to secure its future as a traveling exhibit reaching new audiences and to benefit the Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship, to support in education of the next generation of architects who will create more inclusive spaces, places and communities. Donate today to invest in fighting justice for Black lives, in uplifting the voices of Black artists and designers, and in bringing awareness of the historic continuum of anti-Black state violence.

Questions about the project or its design? Contact Dave Whitman.

Questions about donations? Contact Marci Reed.
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The Architects Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 59-3819154. Learn more about the Architects Foundation at

Have a mail-in contribution? Please make checks payable to AIA Foundation, include “Pavilion Project” on the check, and send to the following address:

The Architects Foundation
C/o David Paciotti
1735 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC, 20006

Lead Sponsor

Fiscal Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

Alan Karchmer Photographer

Baltimore-Area Sponsors

Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts

Tulsa-Area Sponsors

Jewish Federation of TulsaTemple Israel of Tulsa