Storytelling Project Northside Community Recreation Center

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The City of Des Moines is pleased to announce The storytelling project – a dynamic digital initiative in collaboration with the North Side Community Recreation Center project. The storytelling project aims to capture the culture and spirit of the community through the collection and documentation of voices, stories, artifacts and history.

The city, in collaboration with Des Moines-based Invictus Media, will generate a series of videos that combine personal interviews with archival footage to evoke memories of the North Side Community Recreation Center site. These thoughtful impressions can span many years – from the original campus of Dowling High School, through the “Old Dowling” and Model City community centers – to the current Grubb YMCA, as well as a look back ‘to come up.

The storytelling project will be officially launched at the North Side Community Recreation Center Public Meeting at 1611 11and Street, Des Moines on Thursday, February 17 at 5:30 p.m.

How can you contribute?

  • Photographs and artefacts: Do you have any meaningful photographs or memories that will help tell the story of this place? If so, please bring these items to the planning meeting on February 17 or March 24 for the North Side Community Recreation Center, or contact us to arrange collection before April 1. These artifacts will be documented in a digital archive and then returned to you safely. .
  • Interviews: Are you interested in sharing your stories? Whether you have a little or a lot to say, your voice matters and we want to hear from you.

Interviews will take place at the Grubb YMCA, 3rd ground floor classroom on the following dates and times. No need to pre-register, and you’re welcome to drop by anytime during either event. We encourage participants to bring objects, photos or other memorabilia to incorporate into the project.

  • Thursday, February 24, 4-7 p.m.Grubb YMCA, 3rd floor classroom
  • Saturday February 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.Grubb YMCA, 3rd floor classroom

If you would like to contribute to the project and are not available at the time, please contact Jennifer Kathryn King of Invictus Media at (816) 922-0542 Where [email protected].

How will the Storytelling Project videos be used?

The goal of the project is to document the rich and diverse experiences of community members through their own voices, so that these perspectives can be integrated into the project throughout future phases. During the design and construction phases, The Storytelling Project can be used as part of the design process, to integrate community voices into the physical elements of the facility itself.

During subsequent operations and programming, The Storytelling Project can be used within the facility to serve as a reminder and inspiration to future generations of users. During the fundraising phase, The Storytelling Project can be used to illustrate the importance and value of the project.

If you would like to contribute to the storytelling project but are unable to attend the February 17 public meeting, please contact Jennifer Kathryn King of Invictus Media at (816) 922-0542 Where [email protected].

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