Skip to main content

Narrative Change

Our Stories. Our Truths.

NARRATIVE CHANGE AND RACIAL HEALING ARE CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF CREATING RACIAL EQUITY.

Storytelling is how we make sense of the world around us. We can’t get to a just and equitable world until our collective narrative fairly and wholly represents each and everyone one of our communities.

Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media

Because news media is an amplifier of existing narratives, we have supported Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media. This partnership aimed to change problematic racial narratives by helping Minnesota news professionals uncover their own biases and assumptions and amplify community solutions to narrative change. Minnesota Public Radio, KMOJ/98.8 Radio, the Minnesota Humanities Center, Hamline University, Pillsbury United Communities and ThreeSixty Journalism partnered to create a two-day statewide news media training in March 2019.

View the conference video from MPR

Find out more about the community-media partnership

New Narrative Project

The New Narrative Project was a campaign designed by and for African-American males ages 11 to 32 in Saint Paul and the surrounding metro area. The project focused on history through the lens of Gordon Parks, racial healing and affirmation, and the creation of new narratives about black males. This project was a partnership between High School for Recording Arts, Individuals with Dreams, Irreducible Grace Foundation, SoulTouch Productions, Youth Lens 360 and was managed by Creative Catalysts.

Narrative change and racial healing are critical components of creating racial equity. We know this work is only possible through effective  community partnerships, and this collaborative effort is an excellent  example of the creativity and fresh thinking that is possible when we  invite others to the table.

Eric Jolly, Ph.D., president & CEO of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation


Narrative Change Work

in the News

Blog Posts About Narrative Change

Kevin Reese

Rewriting Destiny

One man’s crusade to change the lives of the formerly and currently incarcerated

Read More
Saint Paul Urban Tennis Group

Take the Census & Shape Your Community

Take the 2020 Census. Now, more than ever, it is important to make sure your voice is heard and that you are counted.

Learn More
New Narrative Project

Walking in the Footsteps of Family

Robin Hickman-Winfield uses the works of her great-uncle, Gordon Parks, to educate youth on the importance of narrative change.

Learn More
Janssen Hang, HAFA executive director

Meet Janssen Hang

HAFA is a membership-based nonprofit that is created, and led, by Hmong American farmers.

Learn More

COMMUNITY IS OUR COMPASS

JOIN
US!