Unheard Voices was an initiative launched while I was working at Cowbird. Along with my colleagues Nathan Tobey and Schuyler Swenson, we created a small grant program A few months ago, we selected two remarkable storytellers, Dawn Fraser [http://www.dawnjfraser.com/] and Rodrigo Jardón [http://www.rodrigojardon.com/] to use Cowbird as a home for "Unheard Voices." Working as facilitators and storytelling guides, they set out to partner with communities whose stories we need to hear, but have been excluded from mainstream media.
We're very excited to tell you that their story collections are now ready to view:
Dawn Fraser's Barbershop Stories [http://cowbird.com/barbershopstories/] shares the experiences of stylists, patrons and community members who congregate in barbershops and natural hair salons in New York City.
Rodrigo's Voices from the Mixtec Highlands [http://cowbird.com/4jrmze/] features the stories stories of the people left behind in The Mixteca Alta, an indigenous region the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico.
We'll be sharing highlights from both these collections over the next two weeks.
And if you live in and if you live in or near New York City, we'd like to invite you to a special event on Friday, 9/25, at Union Docs in Brooklyn [http://www.uniondocs.org/2015-09-25-unheard-voices/]. Dawn and Rodrigo will be there to present their collections, as will most of the Cowbird team. And we'll also be joined by special guests from The Guardian, Radio Diaries and StoryCorps for a panel discussion on the future of community storytelling. If you're in the neighborhood, we hope you'll be able to make it.