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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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Join ivoh & FIU in sharing ‘stories for change’

Join ivoh & FIU in sharing ‘stories for change’

An FIU student working on a mural project in Liberty City, a neighborhood in Miami. (Photo courtesy of FIU.)

 

At our upcoming event, “Storytelling to Change the World,” Images & Voices of Hope and Florida International University hope to inspire others to create and share stories that can generate positive change in the world — specifically stories of strength, hope and resilience.

At the event — which will be held at FIU on Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — students and faculty will join local media practitioners and community members to showcase multimedia work that is making a difference in our world. We’ll explore various types of storytelling, including Restorative Narrative — a term ivoh coined to describe stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from a place of despair to a place of resilience.

Registration is free and open to the public, so we encourage you to sign up and join us.

Leading up to the event, we will be posting a series of images and stories – from around FIU and the world – that we find inspiring and restorative. We invite you to do the same – either via our events site or on social media — using the hashtag #stories4changeFIU.

We’ll get the campaign started with an NPR story featuring the work of sculptor Christopher Saucedo, who has turned to art to illustrate his experiences with tragedy and to tell stories of survival.

NPR reports: “After [Hurricane] Sandy, the Red Cross went through Saucedo’s neighborhood and gave everyone bleach, a bucket, gloves and blankets. Saucedo decided to use the blankets as the backdrop for new works of art: He’s using them to embroider tapestries. ‘If you have lemons, make lemonade. I had Red Cross blankets; I made some tapestries.’” … “He hopes his art helps people relate to his own experience and, more generally, what it means to lose and how we manage to survive.”

You can use the hashtag #stories4changeFIU to share similar stories. We will feature the posts on a Wall of Hope to be displayed at the ivoh/FIU event. We’ll also create a related Storify, which we’ll publish on ivoh.org.

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