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

Read Partnerships That Shine

Partnerships That Shine

Deb Foster, executive director of the Ain Dah Yung Center, shares how collective visions can lead to positive outcomes for youth.

Read her post
Read Foundations Present “Art In This Present Moment”

Foundations Present “Art In This Present Moment”

Projects by Minnesota’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color artists portray personal narratives addressing diversity, identity and today’s societal issues.

View the news
Read Brownbody

Brownbody

Artists develop the score to Tracing Sacred Steps, which Brownbody initially presented in April 2019 as a work-in-progress.

Watch the video
Read Penumbra Theatre

Penumbra Theatre

Penumbra company member Hannibal Lokumbe composed an original score for a video in tribute to George Floyd and all of the victims of state-sanctioned violence. Sarah Bellamy wrote the narrative and she and Lou Bellamy provide the voice overs.

Watch the video

COMMUNITY IS OUR COMPASS

JOIN
US!

* Indicates a required field