Storytellers United. All of our Behind the Arts participants have been selected; registration is now closed.

StoryBoard will be announcing the workshop participants in a couple of weeks.

Original announcement (September 1, 2021)

Interested in following a Playhouse rehearsal? The Metal Museum’s expansions into the community and Overton Park? The unrivaled opportunities the Stax Music Academy provides for local youths? The progress of a local organization revitalizing a disinvested neighborhood?

StoryBoard is dedicated to exploring the possibilities, in local arts, culture, history and communities. StoryBoard’s ‘Page One Workshops: Behind the Arts’ workshop is set to begin in this month and run through to January of 2022. It is a multimedia journalism program that puts 10 learners – alongside a collaborative storytelling project with Literacy Mid-South – in front of art organizations, artists or other organizations to capture intimate ‘behind-the-scenes’ looks into the creative process. 

Submissions are now closed

Learners will have the opportunity to truly get behind the arts, and behind the scenes, with the chance to observe, engage with and interview professional creators in a host of locales and with a variety of collaborating arts organizations. Learners will in turn be guided through the process of crafting a multimedia story for the online StoryBoard and its relaunched in-print publication, and for Instagram TV, and be paid for their completed work.*

The Behind the Arts Storytellers Workshop is made possible by:

*Each artist will receive a minimum $500 freelance payment for their completed multimedia project.

“The journalist today needs to have more than reporting and editing skills,” says Ron Wiginton, of Elmhurst University. “From blogs to video production, the media landscape demands that journalists be prepared to present stories in print and cyberspace.”

To provide these opportunities for learners, StoryBoard has pre-arranged engagement opportunities with local arts, nonprofit and community organizations, and learners will be able to select or be assigned to these projects with the organizations, attend the organization’s planning or strategic meetings, interview or engage with artists, or sit in on select rehearsals.

For the workshops, mentoring, coaching and training will be provided by two or more instructors, who will lead learners through the multimedia storytelling process in a multi-session workshop with an emphasis on writing, with compliments from theirs or other visual contributions in drawings and sketches, photography and short videos.

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