Fogo Island Decentralized Academy

Fogo Island Decentralized Academy (FIDA) is a mobile schoolhouse conceptualized by 2014 curator-in-residence Nicole Lattuca, and designed and built in collaboration with students and community members of Fogo Island, Newfoundland.

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Adapting its name from the island’s only school, Fogo Island Central Academy, FIDA moves through the community using traditional Newfoundland methods of house launching. The school is a traveling laboratory, a site to discuss and actively think about how vernacular and contemporary architecture are in dialogue with each other on the island as well as their roles in social change. Fogo Island Decentralized Academy aims to highlight the necessity of reevaluating local knowledge as a way to understand and discuss the current changes to Fogo Island, to stress the profound educational potential in what has become commonplace or obsolete, and to emphasize the preservation of built and natural history as a means of creating space for new ways of thinking.

The inaugural launch and participatory activities took place on October 11, 2014. Over 100 community members participated in hauling the small wooden structure over land from the school to the local Partridgeberry Harvest Festival, where FIDA was central to communal activities and conversation.

Nicole Lattuca creates public programs and educational initiatives primarily founded on concepts of discursive practices, participation, and co-design workshops. Nicole participated in a two-part, 6-month residency on Fogo Island in 2014. She is also participating in upcoming residencies at The Banff Centre and the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. From 2010 to 2013 she was the Curator of Educational Programs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Nicole has held professional positions the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Nicole holds an M.A in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a B.A in Photography from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.