Storytelling for Social Change

By Julia Sick (United States) Storytelling is an artistic form of expression—a tool we use to convey a moment or experience in a meaningful way. We use stories in our lives every day, yet less often is storytelling recognized for its powers in the field of social change and activism. The stories we tell matter.…

Unheard Voices

by: Julia Sick (United States) We are in the small room in the basement of the shelter we work at in Queens. The heat is turned up too high and as usual there is at least one dead cockroach in the corner this Wednesday when I arrive to prepare for our adult knitting group and story garden.…

Scared of Hope?

By: Diana Skelton (France) One very hot summer, we had been running a Street Library painting workshop in a community garden outside a New York City housing project. Karen Hart remembers a boy named Harold there: “He spent two weeks on the outside of the garden watching us before joining us. He was a quiet…

Hatred to Your Home

By: Derek Horton (United States), reproduced courtesy of DCTV Derek’s film recounts his struggles growing up in East New York faced with muggings, violence and people who discourage his ambitions. He fears that his neighborhood will prevent him from achieving his dreams, but is determined to succeed. For more info on PRO-TV, DCTV’s youth media…

A Load of Garbage

By: Dave Meyer (United States) There are places in New York where it seems like money flows from the faucets.  Executives earning tens of thousands of dollars a day, apartments selling for tens of millions, art auctions bringing in hundreds of millions. And then every night at dusk, when the trash bags are placed on…