StoryCorps’ Community Outreach department partners with organizations all over New York to bring the StoryCorps experience to their members and to collect the stories of a diverse cross-section of our city. One recent partnership is with Other Countries, a peer-facilitated workshop for black gay men, founded in the 1980s during the height of the Black Gay Arts Movement.
I facilitated an interview at our Brooklyn office. Afterwards NYC Outreach Coordinator Andre Lancaster (himself a writer/playwright), hosted a clip-focused writing workshop where Other Countries writers listened to StoryCorps Griot interviews.
Andre explained the workshop to me. “The writers were given prompts that riffed off the clips and group discussion that followed the clip listening. In the end, all of the writers present produced new writings and vibrant characters, all inspired by StoryCorps interviews! While this workshop model was catered to Other Countries, it does typify the kind of direct relationship building that StoryCorps NYC Outreach seeks with community partners.”
Other Countries meets monthly at the LGBT Center in New York City. For more information please visit the LGBT Center’s website. An anthology of new Other Countries writings is available through RedBone Press.