Community Development/Social Capital

Example: StoryLine, Winston-Salem, NC

StoryLine is a storytelling initiative that works to illuminate the rich diversity of voices in the Winston-Salem community and to celebrate our common humanity.  This volunteer-led program uses a mobile recording studio to collect stories from the community. StoryLine believes that listening carefully to the stories of others will help all people to see their similarities and appreciate their differences. StoryLine hopes the sharing of these stories through radio will create a culture of inclusion in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in which residents throughout the community become more understanding, trusting and respectful of one another.

StoryLine Bus

StoryLine Bus


3 Responses to Community Development/Social Capital

  1. Here is another program which encourages social capital:

    Diggs Gallery Works to Preserve Community Heritage through Artist-in-the-Community Program
    November 20, 2008

    Diggs Gallery’s artist-in-the-community program draws attention to the distinct role artists can serve in preserving community heritage. Combining the arts and community history creates a visual and/or verbal expression of community culture. These examples of artistic expression lead to greater understanding of one’s community, creation of community identity, and the building of social capital.

    For more information, visit the Diggs Gallery website.

    The Diggs Gallery website explains:

    The Pride and Dignity Project consists of community-based events that focus on unifying communities while documenting and preserving their history. Through the exhibition Ascension: Works by African American Visual Artists of North Carolina, Diggs highlighted the work of 35 African American artists native to North Carolina or whose art has been influenced by their lives in North Carolina. Three of the Ascension artists—William T. Williams, Michael Cunningham and Chandra Cox—have been chosen to complete community heritage projects based upon the history of the Winston-Salem community over a 2 year period. Themes of history (personal and collective), family, ancestry, community, church and other ideology represented in the Winston-Salem State University mural Ascension by John Biggers will be explored.

  2. meredithfraz says:

    Cumberland County also has a program which unites all types of kids through art.

    Cumberland County is working to encourage social growth children through a common love of art. Whether you’re a juvenile delinquent or just in the mood to take an art class, Cumberland County is purposefully bringing children together to learn and create lasting friendships.

    To read more of the Winston-Salem Journal’s article on the program, click on the link.

  3. PTICA says:

    The Roundhouse in Vancouver, Canada is a great community development example.

    The mission of the Roundhouse is to celebrate diversity of people, values, ideas, and activities. All participants at the Roundhouse will be active in planning new projects and finding innovative ways to integrate the arts, community culture, and sports. “Active participants” include neighborhood representatives, heritage supporters, and members of the arts community. The Roundhouse offers classes and workshops in everything from native cultural education to dance to arts for disenfranchised youth to sports.

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