Introduction to Digital Storytelling as a Community Arts Practice for Social Change

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Since 1993, StoryCenter has collaborated with community arts practitioners and grassroots groups throughout the United States to situate first-person stories as central to progressive change efforts. As a preview of the more in-depth session on digital storytelling that the organization will offer at the Annual Americans for the Arts Convention in June, StoryCenter's Amy Hill is leading a one-hour introductory webinar. Hill will highlight the theoretical basis for working with personal stories as tools for change; provide an overview of StoryCenter’s internationally-recognized Digital Storytelling Workshop methodology; and share case study examples of effective community arts and justice projects from the past several years.

As a result of attending the webinar, participants will understand the basic skills and requirements for leading successful community-based digital storytelling efforts and be able to identify best-practices for sharing digital stories in local settings, online, and through social media, to build understanding and compassion among viewers and mobilize them to action. Note: this is a beginning level webinar, appropriate for organizations considering the use of digital storytelling as a community arts and advocacy tool.

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Amy Hill, Silence Speaks Director, StoryCenter


Amy Hill is a trainer and consultant on the ethics and practice of strategic storytelling and participatory media for health, development, and human rights. After spending 12 years coordinating women’s health and violence prevention projects throughout California and learning the mechanics of video production through working on a series of educational films about HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia, Amy founded Silence Speaks (, which since 1999 has employed oral history, facilitative filmmaking, and popular education strategies to support the telling and public sharing of life stories documenting injustice and promoting individual, community, and policy change. She currently manages Silence Speaks as an initiative of StoryCenter. Amy holds a BA in British & American Literature from Scripps College, and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Stanford University. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her partner Thomas Paul and their daughter Fana Luisa Bisrat.


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