Storytelling Archive

Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas by Just Seeds Artists’ Cooperative

Published in 2010, Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas, is a collection of 100 plus portraits and short biographies of people who fought for freedom and equality in North, South, and Central America. A historical record and an inspirational primer, this collection, reads the introduction, “is for anyone who has sat, trembling with frustration and disappointment, in a
Category: African American History

Cave Canem, Community, and Art: Bianca Spriggs Discusses the Importance of Writing Workshops and Valuing the Craft.

Last week Verse Wisconsin published an essay by Lexington, Kentucky-based author Bianca Spriggs entitled “Home is Where the Art Is: Writing as Community.” A member of the Affrilachian Poets, Cave Canem fellow, author and multidisciplinary artist, Spriggs is the author of Kaffir Lily (2010), How Swallowtails Become Dragons (2011), and the director of the short film, Waterbody
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The Seed and the Story: Bullfrog Valley Gang.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column published in the Post Dispatch, and syndicated in the Courier, exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, storytelling, human rights,and community in Yell County (and surrounding areas), Arkansas. We focus on the local but the concepts are (hopefully) universal.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent media!  The Seed
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Seed Broadcast: Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station

We recently received news from CAAH (Conserving Central Arkansas Agricultural Heritage) that the Seed Broadcast Project will be making multiple stops on their summer tour, including a stop in central Arkansas! The Seed Broadcast is a “collaborative project exploring grassroots seed action through collective inquiries and hands-on creative practices.”  Their work centers around issues of  food
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Friday Video: Little Rock Stories

This week’s Friday Video features a Little Rock-based project seeking a small Good Maker grant to do some amazing work in Little Rock. This project touches on alternative economies, movements of localism and sustainability, and the connections of these movements to democratic action. The group applying for this grant is part of a larger collective of
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Neighborhood Writing Alliance and the Journal of Ordinary Thought

We’ve recently been made aware of  a wonderful Chicago-based organization that brings together popular education theory with participant-based engagement in the arts. They work to envision, as their mission statement says, “a society where adults connect through creative communities in which writing, discussing, and publishing personal narrative leads to civic engagement, neighborhood vitality, and social transformation.”
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Friday Video: Where Do They All Go?

Today’s Friday Video is a preview of the upcoming film, Where Do They All Go? by Tom Davenport. Davenport is currently raising money to finish the film on Indiegogo.  This film follows Dr. Jerry A. Payne, “Entomologist, Georgia Naturalist, Uppervillian, Friend and Artist,” who remembers, as a child, looking at dead animals in the woods and wondering how they al disappeared.
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Friday Video: Almeda Riddle: Now Let’s Talk About Singing.

This past week I had my students watch a few films from the wonderful resource, Folkstreams, an internet site hosting hundreds of folklife films.  One of the films we watched was Almeda Riddle: Now Let’s Talk About Singing.  The film was produced by George West in 1985. It had been a few years since I’d
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Monday Music: Meg Baird “Dear Companion.”

So this is our second week for the new series Music Monday, where we feature a song that’s on heavy rotation around here.  Some of them are new releases, but most of them aren’t .  There are people out there who do a great job of keeping up with amazing new artists or albums.  I’m
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Yes! Magazine’s Breakthrough Fifteen: The Power of Storytelling, Vulnerability, and Community Action.

If you’re a frequent reader of the Boiled Down Juice, you know that Yes! Magazine is one of our favorite publications.  With the tag line  “powerful ideas, practical actions,” Yes! showcases and explores the concepts and people on the front lines of democracy, social innovation, and community action.  Back in November they issued their winter publication,
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