(This is a joint note from me and my co-founder of The Facing Project, J.R. Jamison.)
Stories make a difference.
Stories shatter preconceptions and expand our worldview.
Stories change our hearts and inform our minds.
Stories feed our curiosities and our souls.
Every person has a story and so does every community.
We invite you to be a part of the story of The Facing Project by helping us reach our goal of creating facingproject.com website. The site will house the tools to help the project spread to other communities, and will allow current Facing Project communities the ability to share their stories on their own unique sites, such as fortwayne.facingproject.com. This next step in our story will push this movement forward and provide the opportunity for thousands of unheard voices to be shared.
Click below if you want to be a part of this story…
Do you believe in the power of stories?
A belief in the power of stories is at the heart of why we started The Facing Project. For the past year we’ve been in the pilot stage trying to figure out how we could best enable communities to tell their own stories, and to see if anyone would be interested in the project at all.
We wrote a Toolkit, prepared an Informational Guide, and started sharing the idea with everyone we knew. By June we had a Facebook Fan Page, and by September we had signed on our first community.
We currently have five projects in five cities spanning two states.
Active projects include:
Atlanta, Georgia: Facing Sex Trafficking. They will mesh the stories of those who have been trafficked with print, theatre, photography, and film.
Rome, Georgia: Facing Hope. They’re telling the stories of poverty in their community through print, art, theatre, and photography.
Fort Wayne, Indiana: Facing Homelessness. They’re sharing the stories of their homeless neighbors through print, music, art, photography, and interpretive dance.
South Bend, Indiana: Facing the Future. They will showcase the stories of inner-city girls through print, photography, and film.
Muncie, Indiana: Facing Autism. We will revisit our hometown and tell the stories of those who face the spectrum of autism each day through stories, monologues, and other outlets with the end outcome of creating a resource guide for families.
More communities are waiting in the wings.
The most amazing thing is that these Facing communities have created partnerships that span from kindergartens to colleges, nonprofits, businesses, and governments. All coming together to tell their communities’ stories!
If you believe in the power of stories, please consider being a part of ours. Click below to help us get one step closer to making The Facing Project website a reality.
— Kelsey & J.R.