New and Improved Storymobile 2.0 Brings Better People-Powered Storytelling to the Streets of Saint Paul

Contact:
Melvin Giles, melvin@saintpaulalmanac.org
 651.792.6963
Clarence White, clarence@saintpaulalmanac.org
 612-267-9036
  

SAINT PAUL (June 4, 2016) Construction is complete on the second version of Storymobile, Storymobile 2.0. Storymobile is a moveable engagement space that makes it easy for people to share, display, and preserve the stories that matter to them. Now, with Storymobile 2.0 at events, festivals and gatherings all over Saint Paul, sharing our stories will be even easier.

During the past two years, Storymobile has engaged residents in collecting Saint Paul stories that depict the vibrant and changing community in which we live.

“Storymobile is a mobile unit for community engagement,” said Storymobile Director Melvin Giles. “People love to share their stories—by video, or by writing it down, or using a computer. It is collecting history and it is a way to share about ourselves and our community. We learn from each other when we share.”

Saint Paul Almanac’s Storymobile 2.0 was designed by artist Roger Cummings. On wheels and solar powered, it is a hand-built engagement space decked out with iPads, microphones and an amp, as well as pens and paper and Polaroid cameras. Writers, filmmakers, and spoken word artists help people share their stories, their songs, what is important in their lives. People who record their stories can email their stories to themselves and they may share them more broadly through a special archive of the stories through the Minnesota Reflections digital archiving portal. People can take a Polaroid photo of themselves and take that home with them too. Storymobile 2.0 has a new design that makes it lighter than the original and easier to move. It is driven by an ELF, a solar-powered electric bike. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Storymobile visits local community events, festivals, corporate gatherings, and conventions. It is also its own place-making gathering space. To hire Storymobile for an event, contact Melvin Giles, Storymobile director at melvin@storymobile.org or Darius Gray, Storymobile manager, at darius@storymobile.org. View the calendar at storymobile.org to see where the Storymobile will be next!


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