Showcase: Let’s Talk About Race
Race is especially present in the stories we tell, how we hear the stories of others, or if we even hear certain stories at all, for that matter. Even though race doesn’t exist in the biological sense, it would be hard to find another force in our society more powerful. For this Capsule, we invited storytellers to share their personal thoughts and experiences about how race and racism impact their lives.
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We partnered with Children’s Theatre Company and their production of Something Happened In Our Town to share stories from the cast connected to themes addressed in the show. Something Happened in Our Town follows two families as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help them identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.
The fourth grade at Lakeview Elementary in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, immersed themselves in Wildling storytelling techniques this past school year. We spent an afternoon with a group of these students, recording their stories. You might notice that the sound quality is impacted by the school environment—doors opening and closing, people talking in the background, pages turning. You might also notice that some kids preferred to share their stories together. This is a true representation of a bustling learning environment and makes this collection of stories particularly authentic and meaningful.
Brown But Black Voices
Brown But Black Voices, founded by Kaydee Gleplay and Alexis Barman, has a mission to celebrate and acknowledge individualism among Black women and girls by empowering them to speak their truths, share in community with one another, and build a positive self-image. They spent the year meeting with a group of young girls at the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA and recorded stories based on the themes they discussed in their sessions.
Our beloved Wildling story coach, Sumer Powell, is also a member of Ozone Creations: a group of artists and musicians based in the Midwest who seek to serve as a hub for Afrofusion in the United States. Their mission is to promote cultural importance, positivity, and authenticity through the medium of music. Each of the members of Ozone Creations agreed to submit their own story—several include musical expressions with accompanying explanations.
Story Booth is the fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Organizations grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.