Building Bridges and Bonds Between Communities of Color
The Jamestown Project’s 2010 storytelling initiative, Building Bridges and Bonds Between Communities of Color, brings together people of color from the Black and Latino communities between the ages of 18-75 to share experiences, interests and histories through storytelling. Exploring the relationships by and between African-Americans, Latinos and their communities, the project equips participants with the knowledge and tools of storytelling. Participants learn to engage in meaningful dialogue in an effort to resolve the perceived obstacles to a cohesive American society.
The project explores the substantial role the issue of immigration plays in contemporary dialogue and its implications for advocacy and communal cohesion. The goal of the project is to develop an effective and replicable model using state-of-the-art technology that employs storytelling as an effective bridge-building technique to mobilize communities around common interest, shared experiences or mutual understanding.
Backgroud: Why We Tell Stories
Storytelling is universal. As a technique it transcends race, class, generations and other differences allowing people to communicate on common ground through a common story. Of all of the ways people communicate it is perhaps the most accessible, adaptable and powerful. It has its roots in ancient African societies, and for centuries, people have used stories to entertain and educate as well as to connect to their communities, instill values and inspire people to action.
Yet today, with the advent of complicated electronic media
communications methods, storytelling has become a lost art. And with
it, communities have also lost an important mode of communications that
allowed them to share their knowledge and stories, and to form deep and
abiding bonds with one another. The Jamestown Project's storytelling
initiative reclaims this art, and holds story sharing up as a path
forward to reclaim those community bonds and to form a foundation for
Sharing personal stories is informative, creative, fun and a very effective way to connect with other people. Within Story Circle members can discover the endless ways in which their lives are unique yet at the same time share common experiences with others.
These websites range from digital storytelling to national
and regional storytelling organizations and colleges and universities offering
courses.Each site has a range of links
to other sites and resource information.
Woven Bridges - The Jamestown Project storytelling initiative that brings together Black, Latino, and Native American communities. They share their experiences, interests, and histories through storytelling.