Community Storytelling Workshop Notes: Seattle

Posted by on January 12, 2018 in TechMuse Blog | 0 comments

Community Storytelling Workshop Notes: Seattle

Happy to share notes from the “Community Storytelling Workshop” (aka, “brainstorming session”) Katie Spencer and I led a few weeks ago at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. We’re quite primed to be pushing the boundaries of the field with partners like MOHAI, Friends of Waterfront Seattle, and other potential partners who are doing great work connecting with community.

1. Intro. Community Storytelling is a new, emerging area we’ve identified that gathers snapshots of stories from the wide web of communities connecting to museums and organizations. We do this through a combination of community events, exhibits, and online story gathering tools.

2. The Community Storytelling  Model

  • Coming Home to St. Croix project: The power of gathering snapshots of stories from visitors in this Caribbean Island community became apparent in our work with St. Croix Landmarks Society. See the project blog entry.
  • Creating a new model for Community Storytelling: presentation in DC to Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD). Check out the presentation notes.

3. Try it out! (Workshop exercise exchanging childhood stories with a partner. What are the challenges? Did you feel a spark? When?)

4. Ways to gather stories

5. New directions: pushing the boundaries of community storytelling

6. Practical tips

Next steps…multi-institutional initiatives

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