Saturday, Oct. 15

08-08 Story Sharing: A Folklife Community Engagement Model

Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

Sponsored by the Folklore and Museums Section

Chair: Paddy Bowman (Local Learning) and Vanessa M. Navarro Maza (HistoryMiami Museum)

Forum participants:

Catherine B. Farmer (HistoryMiami Museum)

Michael Knoll (HistoryMiami Museum)

Vanessa M. Navarro Maza (HistoryMiami Museum)

A significant city-based museum launched an ambitious initiative in 2021 to engage with the diverse Black communities of Miami through sharing stories of life in Miami, social justice, and personal histories. With the mantra, “Every story is valuable,” museum staff worked with a national folk arts service organization and community activists to develop the Story Sharing Project framework. The resulting collaborative, process-based plan embraces a folklife approach and scaffolds a variety of scenarios, allowing for individual and organizational flexibility to adapt story sharing.