One element of my PhD dissertation work will be a Seattle-based Digital Storytelling Project. I am excited about this model of collecting individual histories because it gives so much of the content ownership to the person whose story is being told.
This summer, I am working with Erin to create a Community Advisory Committee that will help us select 10 individuals for participation. In February, those 10 local LGBTQ individuals will participate in a 3 Day workshop where they will be led through the process of reflecting on their own lives and selecting one story to tell. Participants will actually record their own narration, provide photos and music and be guided through the editing process to create a 2 to 3 minute video. The videos will be screened for the first time at the Queering the History Museum Symposium in May 2013!
This project is intended to add to the historical record and preserve the narratives of LGBTQ peoples, peoples whose stories are often left out.
Contact us if you want to know more about the project, or how you can help!