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.
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!