Profile: North York Community House Digital Storytelling Program (Toronto)

15 12 2011

photo credit: Adnan Amin

Profile: North York Community House Digital Storytelling Program
Status: Not-for-Profit organization & Program
Community served: North York Community House predominantly serves newcomers, but works with all residents in North York. Digital Storytelling serves any communities, locally, provincially, nationally
Arts focus: Digital Storytelling & media arts
Language(s): English, facilitators speak a variety of languages including Japanese, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese, Farsi, Spanish
Location: 638 Sheppard Ave West (at Bathurst) Suite 220. Our mobile media lab allows us to offer workshops offsite at any location
Mandate: North York Community House is a non-profit organization that works to empower people to create and share their own digital stories as a strategy for personal and community transformation.  We work with communities to use digital storytelling as a tool for engagement and mobilization efforts, for educating and raising awareness about urgent social issues, to work for policy change, assess community needs, conduct research and evaluate programs.
Main arts activities/projects: NYCH offers digital storytelling opportunities to community organizations, schools, health care centres, and other groups through Customized Digital Storytelling Workshops.  We collaborate to make a program that meets the needs of your community.  Our mobile media lab enables us to work with you in your own community.  NYCH offers digital storytelling opportunities to the general public three to four times a year.  Our next workshop is January 27-29th, 2012.

In a digital story workshop, participants start with no media equipment in the room- instead we have a story circle where each person has a chance to share their story, receive feedback, and listen to each other.  Then, each person learns to craft and record their own first-person story, collect still images, video, and sound, and is guided through computer tutorials that enable them, with teacher support, to edit their own story. Our workshops offer a safe, supportive environment in which participants with little to no prior video-making experience can make their own 2-5 minute video.  Based on the model developed by the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkley, California, North York Community House is part of an international movement of people using digital storytelling to empower individuals and communities who are working towards a more just and equitable worlds.
NEXT WORKSHOP: January 27-29, 2012 (Fri-Sun). 9am-5pm. Cost: $500
Workshop Location: North York Community House. 638 Sheppard Ave. W., Suite 220, North York, Ontario M3H 2S1
To register or for more information, please email: Emmy Pantin at emmy@storycentre.org or phone: 416-636-2600 ext. 26

Contact: Jennifer LaFontaine & Emmanuelle Pantin
Phone number: 416-636-2600
E-mail: jlafontaine@nych.ca & epantin@nych.ca
Website: www.nych.ca & www.storycentre.wordpress.com
Address: 638 Sheppard Ave. W., Suite 220, North York, Ontario M3H 2S1

 – submitted by Jennifer LaFontaine, North York Community House Digital Storytelling Program
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15 12 2011
Terri Whetstone, 4Cs Foundation

Wow! Fabulous! Would love to access facilitator training in the CDS method in Canada. Love the stories on the blog. Thanks ArtBridges for profiling this. Best, Terri

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