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2012
Touchable Stories receives a development grant from Metabolic Studio - Extensive archive development and community dinner series planned. www.metabolicstudio.org

Touchable Stories: Redux - Spring 2012
Touchable Stories is hosting a series of dinners dialogs this spring involving four of our first community projects in the Greater Boston area. The dinners are giving us a chance to catch up with people on over a decade of change in their neighborhoods, discuss the benefits of a permanent Touchable Stories programs, make recordings available to families of those who have since passed away, to generally thank folks and especially to have a good time.

Neighborhoods include:
Allston
Central Square, Cambridge
Upham’s Corner, Dorchester
Fort Point, South Boston

A final dinner will be held to bring all four these communities together. In the fall these dialogs will cross the continent to deliver the east coast consensus to folks from our project in Richmond CA.

The Community Dinner Series sponsored by Metabolic Studio

2010
Touchable Stories is highlighted in "Social Works" by Shannon Jackson published in the fall of 2010. "Social Works" is a radically interdisciplinary approach to the forms, goals and histories of innovative social practice in both contemporary performance and visual art. Shannon Jackson uses a range of case studies and contemporary methodologies to mediate between the fields of visual and performance studies. The result is a brilliant analysis that not only incorporates current political and aesthetic discourses but also provides a practical understanding of social practice.

International Collaboration:
Peacemakers Exchange:
Bobby Mendes Peace Legacy and Friction Arts revisited the Birmingham UK community for further dialog with surviving friends and families and "at-risk" youth. Isaura Mendes spoke on radio and in community forums during July 2010.

2009
Touchable Stories founder Shannon Flattery awarded the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities Fellowship at Brown University in Providence RI.

Touchable Stories makes the plenary presentation at the Oral History Association annual meeting in Louisville Kentucky October 14 through 18. The theme of the gathering is "Moving Beyond the Interview". www.oralhistory.org

Echoes From The Edge developed in partnership with Friction Arts, Birmingham UK to implement an community building oral history project ran April 23 and run through May 30 2009.
www.frictionarts.com

Ongoing Projects:
The New England Folk Music Archives has been established to preserve, promote and document the ongoing cultural impact of folk music and its connections to New England.

ANIMATING ARCHIVES:
Collaborations with other organization to energize and amplify their exisiting archives.

The Texas Folk Music Foundation (Kerrville Folk Festival) is hosting a living history booth at the annual festival. The booth features interactive listening stations, text based histories, ongoing oral history collection and displays of memorabilia.www.tfmf.org

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