Red Trunk Project®

Girl sitting in a Red Trunk

Red Trunk Project®Red Trunk Project graphic

The Red Trunk Project is a cultural initiative that sparks a global dialogue based on the imperative to Respect Every Differencethe RED in Red Trunk. Our goal is to create a brighter, more inclusive future for all children, working to ensure that children better understand and empathize with their fellow citizens around the world—a simple yet powerful idea that’s more important than ever today.

Five kids standing around a Red TrunkWe utilize experiential learning, cultural artifacts (such as arts and crafts, clothing, currency, musical instruments, etc.), video, audio elements and lesson plans—all found in each Red Trunk—to tell the stories of individual children and their cultures’. The Red Trunk Project provides in-depth, hands-on insights into other cultures, allowing children to connect with distant parts of the world they would might not have the opportunity to travel to themselves.

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk

 

THE BASIC MECHANICS

The Red Trunk Project team—educators, anthropologists, archivists, videographers, photographers, curators and ethnographers—travels around the globe to work with schools and interview local children about their day-to-day experiences. The team captures the children’s stories with video and photography, and collects examples of tangible, physical artifacts. This material is brought back, cataloged, edited and compiled, and is then packed into a Red Trunk along with ethnography and lesson plans. That trunk is then duplicated a hundred times, translated into different languages, and shipped all over the world so kids can explore the trunk's contents and learn about a new culture.

 

In the first year, Red Trunk Project will focus on testing trunks filled with the cultures of our pilot locations:

  •    Gaborone, Botswana
  •    Oaxaca, Mexico

 

The Earth

Red Trunk is such a cool project!

Nicholas Kristof

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist,

Author and Activist

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk

Red Trunk is such
a cool project!

Nicholas Kristof

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist,

Author and Activist

Red Trunk Project®

Red Trunk Project graphic

Five kids standing around a Red Trunk

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
The Earth

Red Trunk is such
a cool project!

Nicholas Kristof

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, Author
and Activist

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
The Earth

Red Trunk is such
a cool project!

Nicholas Kristof

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, Author and Activist

Red Trunk Project®

Five kids standing around a Red Trunk

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
The Earth

Red Trunk is such
a cool project!

Nicholas Kristof

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist,
Author and Activist

Red Trunk Project®

Red Trunk Project®

Five kids standing around a Red Trunk

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
The Earth
Red Trunk is such
a cool project!
Nicholas Kristof
New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, Author and Activist

Red Trunk Project®

Red Trunk Project®

Red Trunk Project graphic

Five kids standing around a Red Trunk

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
The Earth