Community Roots: Join Our Winter Cohort - APPLY NOW
Join an upcoming cohort to help gather and share stories for the project in 2023!
Community Roots is a community oral history project featuring elders in Washington’s South Sound who are artists, innovators, and change-makers, with a special emphasis on stories and memories between 1960-1980. The project shares wisdom from elders while creating opportunities for intergenerational conversations to tackle the challenges, and imagine the possibilities, of today. As a community-based effort, we invite involvement in all aspects of the project - from conducting interviews and editing them into short audio stories, to community mapping, curating a photo voice exhibit, planning community events, and more.
Cohorts meet weekly for 2 hours over the course of 9 weeks to complete a stage of the project: oral history interviewing, audio editing, and public programming. Weekly meetings are held at the Window Seat Media office in downtown Olympia. We may occasionally meet by zoom. No previous experience is needed to participate. However, it is a time commitment and we ask that you commit to completing the full 9 weeks. College students may use this as an internship or independent learning experience.
Please complete this form by 12/16/2022 to be considered for the Winter Cohort*
Winter Cohort: Oral History Interviewing
Meets weekly on Fridays from 2-4pm from January 13 - March 17
The winter cohort will learn the art and practice of oral history interviewing, sound recording, and transcription. Cohort members will interview 2-3 people for the project and edit the interview transcription in collaboration with their narrators.
Spring Cohort: Audio Editing
Meets weekly on Fridays from 2-4pm from April 7 - June 9
The spring cohort will learn audio editing and create short audio pieces from the oral history interviews to share as part of the photo voice exhibit. Each cohort member will edit 2-3 stories in collaboration with the narrators.
Summer Cohort: Public Programming
Meets weekly on Fridays from 2-4pm from June 30 - Sept 1
The summer cohort will help produce public programming to share the stories from the series. Programming is produced in collaboration with project narrators. Cohort members will focus on exhibit curation, community mapping, and/or event planning. Our public programming will take place during September and October 2023.
*Note: We can accept up to 5 people per quarter. Completing the application does not guarantee your enrollment. We will confirm your status by 12/20/2022. You may also apply for future cohorts at this time. Deadlines for the Spring cohort will be announced by the end of February.