Change The Story, Change The World…Introducing StoryLab

CDS has supported its past work almost entirely through fees and contracts. We are coming to you now because the need for this work is urgent and innovation needs investment. Once StoryLab is established, we’ll be able to support it through grants from funders who care about the issues and communities involved. Now, we need your tax-deductible donation to support the planning, partnership, and development work needed to get StoryLab up and running.

With partners around the world, StoryLab will experiment with media, platforms, and techniques, seeking new ways of capturing and using stories for maximum impact. We’ve designed five pilot projects to explore. They address five critical areas where story can help build healthy democracy and communities, touching on civic engagement, civility and mindfulness, place and connection, service, and overcoming legacies of violence. If you’d like more information about partnering with us (or anything else about StoryLab), please contact Joe Lambert ( or Arlene Goldbard (

Any contribution will help (and if you contribute at least $25, we have some great premiums for you!). If you pledge $250 or more, you will also be able to direct your pledge to your favorite pilot project, and that will help determine which ones should be developed first.

StoryLab will show how things would change if everyone lifted their voices as citizens of the world, calling out what doesn’t reflect their deepest values and standing up for what does. Please give today and help CDS change the story so that together, we can change the world. We appreciate your support. Thanks for staying connected to CDS, and thanks for your help now!

Stories from the June Workshop

The passage of labor and food across the border is the subject of Caleb Weaver’s digital story. Caleb created this as a participant in Community Storytelling Art’s June 2012 Digital Storytelling Workshop in Tucson, AZ

Photographer Bill Steen explores the rediscovery of lost youth in this story about his relationships with the folks from Grupo Danza Xunutzi.

Check out Community Storytelling Arts Digital Stories Library

Hot fun in the summertime!

Community Storytelling Arts will be teaching Digital Storytelling Workshops in the heart of downtown at Pima County Tucson Women’s Commission 240 North Court Avenue Tucson, AZ.

Workshop participants share stories, write and record narration, choose photos, video clips, and music, and learn to edit a short digital video of their own true story. The stories can be used for personal enrichment, family life histories, community and team building, training, advocacy, recruiting, fundraising and technology literacy.   At the end of the 3 ½ day workshop you will have completed a 2-4 minute digital story.

Summertime Workshop dates:

  • June 20-23
  • July 25-28
  • August 22-25