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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

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Blog Posts About Narrative Change

Read Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and McKnight Foundation Create “Art In This Present Moment” in Support of BIPOC Artists

“Art In This Present Moment” Created in Support of BIPOC Artists

Initiative seeks to amplify the voices and experiences of Minnesota artists by placing a spotlight on their music, dance and visual arts.

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Read Criminal Justice is a Public Health Issue

Criminal Justice Is a Public Health Issue

Huda Ahmed plans to transform Minnesota’s criminal justice system through a public health lens.

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Read Three Organizations Work to Transform the Criminal Justice System

Three Organizations Work to Transform the Criminal Justice System

Organizations launch emergency “Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund,” already at $1 million.

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