Storyology: Digital Storytelling by Immigrants and Refugees returns to Charlotte in 2012! 

 In October 2010, AFSC-NC sponsored an amazing class with local immigrants that included workshops on storytelling, photography, basic video and audio editing, and community building that resulted in powerful 3-5 minute films about each person’s journey.  

 In January and February 2012, we are bringing Storyology to the International House of Charlotte, thanks to a grant from the Arts & Sciences Council.

 The Storyology class will bring together a diverse group of eight Charlotte immigrants for three weekends of participatory workshops on story-telling, audio and video editing, and community building.  Using interactive storytelling techniques, a computer lab, photographs, oral histories, digital cameras and music, the new documentarians will gain skills that last a lifetime. Participants will develop tools to inform the broader public and policy makers with their personal accounts of what it means to be an immigrant. We will foster trusting relationships and break down the barriers that keep us from understanding the human condition.

 We are seeking eight partner volunteers as well as other helpers. See the attached flyer and volunteer application.  Partner volunteers are each paired with one student and commit to attending every class session: January 27-29, Feb 10-12, and Feb 23-25, 2012, Fridays 6:30pm-9pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm.

 2010 Volunteer James Bazan reflected on how the experience affected him: “You listen differently when you watch the story emerge. You start seeing the roots of stories and you realize that all stories have roots.” (By the way, he enjoyed the experience so much in 2010, he has already expressed interest in serving as a volunteer again!)

 If you have yet not had a chance to see the films from the 2010 class, here is a link.

Storyology 2010 playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE085E2DF04ADFB63&feature=plcp

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the attached application  and return it to Kali Ferguson, kali_ferguson@yahoo.com or Lori Fernald Khamala, lkhamala@afsc.org.