Street Stories is a project designed to merge storytelling, technology, and neighborhood culture to creatively engage youth in understanding how a place for all people to walk contributes to the health, safety and vibrancy of a community.
What are Street Stories?
Street Stories are the stories people tell about public places people can visit in a neighborhood and the walking routes they take to get to these destinations. Through these stories, which are created and captured on video, students who live or hang out in the neighborhood learned new things about their environment. Things like what makes a particular place fun to hang out in, or what’s the best way to get from the bus stop to a favorite restaurant, or maybe a shortcut to a favorite park. Stories about place are generally not considered until people are given the opportunity to explore the question.
We ask participants what they could weave through their stories to make them memorable? To make people want to retrace their steps and look for the special places you choose to talk about?
The Making of Beacon Hill Street Stories in Seattle
From April, 2013- May 2013, ten Beacon Hill youth ages 13 through 18 became more knowledgeable about creating walkable areas, identifying landscape architecture design features, reading and creating maps, storytelling, interviewing, and filming and editing techniques to prepare for creating their own short videos about walking in their neighborhood.
Feet First worked with the teens to create video stories of living and walking in the neighborhood. The videos have been shown at community events, posted on neighborhood websites and used to create a new kind of walking map for Beacon Hill. We also created a “Making of Street Stories” video to provide an overview of the program. Take a look below.
Videos were created using iPod Touch devices. Participants received training on storytelling techniques, choosing a neighborhood walking route, and video technology. iPods were provided for recording and editing videos.
Take a look at one of the students who participated in the Street Stories program:
Who Was Eligible?
- 8th-12th graders living or going to school in the Beacon Hill neighborhood
- Ability to participate in a 5 week after school curriculum on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm – 6 pm
- Ability to do independent research (minimum of 4 hours)
In 2004-2005, Feet First created the first Street Stories project in the Central District. The multimedia contest was designed for Central District youth to tell digital stories about how they relate to their communities as pedestrians. The project also involved a neighborhood walking audit.
In 2012, Feet First partnered up with the Touchstones Digital Walking Tour project in Rainier Beach, working with high school youth to successfully create six videos telling the stories of significant places in the Rainier Beach neighborhood.
In 2013, we took the pieces from the original Street Stories and Touchstones to create a comprehensive curriculum that focused on
We are looking for community partners to bring Street Stories to their city. We envision Street Stories being a fantastic way for youth to be a part of meaningful conversation. Whether you are updating your Comprehensive Plan or developing a Neighborhood Plan for your community, consider Street Stories as a project to assist you to ensure youth are part of the story.
For more information about Street Stories, contact:
call: 206.652.2310 ext. 0
Thanks to our Project Leaders + Community Partners for the Beacon Hill Street Stories