Our summer Digital Storytelling Program brings together youth from immigrant families to explore their cultural backgrounds and identify issues that interest or concern them in the community. The youth learn photography skills and also how to tell a story.
Over the course of a six-week summer program, they complete their own digital story -- combining images and narrative so that they can present their own voice and vision to the community. Along the way, they interview family members about their immigrant backgrounds, explore the city's neighborhoods, take field trips, and discuss issues that concern them in the neighborhood.
For example, in the summer of 2008, 5 young people, aged 13-16 completed Digital Stories as part of The Welcome Project's program. (See their Digital Stories below). Tufts junior Corrina Jacobs, an art history and psychology major, helped the students develop their digital stories.
“The students added a narrative component, writing about their lives,” explained Jacobs. “We wanted to give these students a forum to share their perspectives with the community.” The digital stories that Jacobs worked on tell about the lives of first and second generation American young people whose parents immigrated from Haiti El Salvador, China and Colombia.
In the fall, their stories premiered at the opening celebration for the re-installation of the Immigrant City: Then and Now exhibit at Tufts University's Aidekman Art Gallery. Our youth presented their stories to more than 100 people attending that evening.
The 2008 program was supported through a grant from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.