Process: Digital Storytelling

Process: Digital Storytelling

A digital story is a two to five minute multi-media narrative that uses photos, video clips, art, and sound to share a personal life story. A digital story workshop takes 24-32 hours, usually over 3 to 5 days. The digital storytelling workshop begins with an oral storytelling circle. Up to 10 participants may share their stories […]

Project: Rivers Rising

Project: Rivers Rising

Underneath Toronto lies a network of rivers and streams.  Buried rivers leave traces; streets bend and turn in ways that counteract the logical grid system of urban design; retaining walls weep during rainstorms; ravines and parks flood in springtime. These glimpses capture our imagination and give us hints at the water flowing below… as it […]

Project: HS Aware

Project: HS Aware

HS Aware is an advocacy group that represents people coping with a rare illness called Hidradenitis Suppurativa. HS is an auto-immune disorder that causes painful abscesses, and can be accompanied by pus and unpleasant odor.  Because of the incredible pain and embarrassment, it can lead to social isolation for people living with it. The disease […]

Project: Honouring Our Stories

Project: Honouring Our Stories

Honouring our Stories is a two-year digital storytelling and community arts-based project for women survivors of sexual violence funded by the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Women’s Directorate Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario. Honouring Our Stories is coordinated by the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre in partnership with Community Story […]

Project: Community Engaged Work

Project: Community Engaged Work

Digital Storytelling was integrated into three long-term community engagement projects.  The Beyond Borders project is a collaboration between Central Neighbourhood House and Springtide Resources that is working with immigrant women to raise awareness in their cultural communities about violence against women.  The first screening of the Philipina women’s digital stories took place on December 6th, […]

Project: Health Stories

Project: Health Stories

Using digital storytelling to enhance patient care and medical/health professional education was the overarching theme of three projects in the health care sector this year. Women’s College Hospital invited family practice doctors, medical residents and patients to create one-photo digital stories. As we worked together, we explored how storytelling can help bridge divides between doctors […]

Project: Regent Park Storymap

Project: Regent Park Storymap

In January 2015, the Grade 7s and 8s in Sherri’s class at Nelson Mandela Park Public School teamed up with long-time Regent Park residents to create the Regent Park Storymap.  On it, youth and adults share stories of the places that matter to them in the neighbourhood.  The youth learned how to make their own […]

Project: Pier 21

Project: Pier 21

Pier 21 was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971, and is now a National Historic Site at the Halifax seaport.  The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 explores the theme of immigration to Canada in order to enhance public understanding of the experiences of immigrants as they arrived […]

Event: Tamarack’s Evaluating Community Impact

Event: Tamarack’s Evaluating Community Impact

The Tamarack Institute is interested in “moving the needles” on community-wide issues. Tamarack supports those working in community change initiatives such as early childhood development, health care, education, poverty and homelessness, immigration and workforce development, and ecological sustainability to deliver meaningful social change. In February, we attended the Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense […]

Project: Métis Digital Storytelling Project

Project: Métis Digital Storytelling Project

The Toronto York Region Métis Council digital storytelling workshop took place over four full days in November 2014. Each session opened with cultural teachings from our knowledge keepers. They shared their medicines and smudging, sang, told stories and shared teachings about politics, identity, mental health, spirituality, and community. The participants ranged in age from 20s-60s, […]