Last fall, the residents of Durango and Mancos, Colorado were treated to a series of live storytelling events was organized by the community behind Mancos Creative District. The project was created with the intention of sparking new conversations about the nature of belonging, and how belongomh looks and feels, depending on whose shoes you are standing in. As part of the rural Colorado creative district’s #weallbelong campaign, the storytelling series was followed by a documentary film fest and community dinner designed to keep the conversation going.
Since 2013, Motus Theater has been working on advancing the conversation around issues of immigration and documentation in the United States, by working closely with community leaders to illuminate the realities and challenges of living as an undocumented person. The Motus Theater crew will present two performances of their new production, “UndocuMonologues”, on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21st - featuring narratives written by people living with undocumented status in the U.S., in their own words.
The Arts Street@Youth Employment Academy (YEA) Journey to Unity project was selected for an Arts in Society grant in 2017 and the collaborative endeavor that emerged was created by Denver area high school-aged youth in the summer of 2018. By learning new skills, building on intrinsic strengths and working with local mentors and community groups, the Arts Street@YEA Summer Interns worked together, exploring the potential to change negative opinions and strengthen positive perceptions about immigration in our shared communities through the medium of a new podcast, which can be accessed on their new website which showcases stories from local residents about their personal experiences of immigration, finding home and creating community.
Picture Me Here (PMH) is a storytelling program for refugees, immigrants and others who have been displaced. Multimedia skills are taught as creative tools for self expression, social engagement, community building, leadership, and integration. Projects are based on a variety of themes, including migration, memory and place. PMH Fellows are artists are from a variety of countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Brazil, Ukraine, Nigeria and Congo), engaged in a year long creative media and storytelling fellowship organized and operated by Picture Me Here. The opening reception, titled “Dear Younger Me: Postcards from New Americans to Their Younger Selves”, is free and open to the public. Join us at Colorado Photographic Arts Society on Friday, July 27th from 600pm-900pm to celebrate this work!