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Story Corps

For our recent collaboration with StoryCorps, YI Leaders practiced the art of interviewing. We met with Matt Herman, a StoryCorps facilitator, and learned about the history of the organization, which has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Storycorps looks to serve the community with its commitment to collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories of people across the United States. One way this is done is through Storycorps Door-to-Door, an initiative that turns the recording project into a mobile operation, fully stocked with facilitators and equipment. In November 2010, StoryCorps Door-to-Door came to the Whitney offices and set up for an all-day recording event. We organized six interviews where YI Leaders spoke with each other, family members, and past artists-in-residence. Youth Programs staff also got in on the act and interviewed each other! To learn more about StoryCorps, visit their website.

YI Leaders learn about StoryCorps, the national project inspiring people to record their stories, November 2010. Photograph by Diane Exavier

YI Leaders learn about StoryCorps, the national project inspiring people to record their stories, November 2010. Photograph by Diane Exavier

During an afternoon of anecdotes and tall tales, we discovered the importance of storytelling as it relates to art, different cultures, and shared histories. In true StoryCorps fashion, we edited the interviews to a few minutes each, so that you can hear some of our stories.


Charlotte and Eve interview each other

YI Leaders Charlotte and Eve talk about their favorite experiences in Youth Insights over the years.


Kate interviews Aki Sasamoto

Past artist-in-residence Aki Sasamoto discusses her practice of performance art and where she draws her inspiration from.


Chanterelle interviews Nina Berman

Nina Berman talks about her first encounter with photography and what drew her to pursue it further.


Seon interviews Christine Kim

Christine Kim talks about the three things she wants most in the world, and the role of art in the deaf community.