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In collaboration with the Center for Native Digital Storytelling, Creative Narrations trained the staff from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to create, teach and promote digital storytelling in their communities. After creating their own story, former participants had opportunities to work as Creative Narrations co-facilitators and coaches during a "Train-the-Trainer" series of workshops. They have since gone on to facilitate over ten trainings on their own throughout Alaska. The stories created by ANTHC are being used in community meetings and workshops to promote healthy lifestyles throughout Alaska and to raise awareness of the real public health issues facing Native families in this region. Check out an example of their work here.
Update: The Center for Alaskan Digital Storytelling has emerged over the past few years following initial capacity-building trainings. They now lead workshops for community members as a tool for health promotion. Take a look at their website!
We love the local look and feel of this community mapping initiative from East Somerville, Massachusetts where Creative Narrations collaborated with Somerville Community Corporation, neighborhood youth, and community leaders. Organizers knew that a map that lived just online wouldn't work for many of the residents, who didn't have reliable internet access, so they brainstormed and came up with a hybrid strategy.
In a series of workshops, we trained neighborhood residents in basics of still photography and digital audio. They then went out in the field, recording stories, images, and interviews in businesses, parks, street corners, and other places of significance. Residents wove these recordings, along with data such as air quality, green space, bus stops, etc. into a collective community map that was 2.5 meters high by 1.5 meters wide. Since 2005, SCC has used this map to better understand the patterns and experiences of neighborhood residents, and as an organizing tool at neighborhood meetings. In 2006, SCC received a grant from the Somerville Arts Council to turn this project into an interactive, online map. They are currently in the process of adding video clips of interviews to engage community residents in land use planning. Take a look!
Since 2001, Creative Narrations has worked with the The Right Question Project (RQP) to document the impact of RQP's innovative approach to teaching self-advocacy and citizen participation. These testimonials have become an essential part of the way that RQP demonstrates its work to collaborators, funders, and policy makers. Creative Narrations has produced numerous videos and digital stories in collaboration with end-users of The Right Question Project in both early childhood and adult education settings. Through a participatory process, early childhood educators, adult educators, and adult education students learn to voice the changes they've witnessed in themselves and changes in their practice while simultaneously gaining exposure to the media production process. Creative Narrations also collaborated on RQP's Voter Engagement Strategy for Election Day and Beyond in 2004 and 2008. The goal of this Initiative was to create a new, easily replicable model for more effectively engaging low-income citizens as voters. In 2004, Creative Narrations worked with workshop participants to create a series of digital stories to stimulate dialogue with GED, job training, and ESOL students around issues of citizenship and participation. In 2008, Creative Narrations documented the results of this strategy through a series of audio interviews. View the complete range of Creative Narrations/RQP productions.