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.
Art in This Present Moment
During challenging times, artists are at the forefront of expressing a community's response and demanding change. Through Art in This Present Moment, we are providing financial support to artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft.
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.
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.
“ Narrative change and racial healing are critical components of creating racial equity.”
Eric Jolly, Ph.D., president & CEO of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
Narrative Change Work
in the News
#GIANarrativeChange Twitter Chat – Grantmakers in the Arts
Changing the narrative: A necessary part of the journey toward advocating for equity by Vice President of Operations and Learning Nadege Souvenir – Pollen Midwest
Blog Posts About Narrative Change
Dudley Edmondson is best known for photography depicting his love for nature, but for his most recent project, he decided to take on a human subject, Walter Griffin.See the project
In her theatrical one woman piece, This is How We Stand, Suzanne Victoria Cross explores the ideals of empathy and understanding through storytelling and movement.Watch the video
Grandmother Sharon Day and her grandson Sir Curtis Kirby III honor loved ones who have passed on by doing a series of ofrendas celebrating the lives they lived.View the Artists' Work