Announcing #LocaloreLive Winners

#localoreLIVE!

At AIR, we believe that in times of division and disparity, public media stations, local community centers, faith-based organizations, arts groups, and (extra)ordinary, civic-minded people can work together with our most gifted talent for the greater good of their communities. AIR’s #LocaloreLive is providing new funding to six indie makers who pitched the most compelling ideas for bringing new innovation to an essential platform—the physical space of community. They have from July 1 to December 31, 2018, to create events that bring disparate parts of their community together in new ways. And for the first time, AIR has selected three additional “honor roll” makers whose leadership and vision stood out among the rest of the extremely competitive pool of applicants.

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OUR TOWN RENO LIVE : KARI BARBER AND NICO COLOMBANT | RENO, NV

Barber is a filmmaker and Colombant is founder of Our Town Reno, a social media hub for conversations about homelessness, poverty, gentrification, and affordable housing. The pair will produce three events based on first-person storytelling by those without housing in the community. They’ll stage them in areas of the city where the people often gather — a sculpture garden on the site of what was once a motel where low-income people lived, an encampment under a bridge along the Truckee River, or outside a drop-in center for at-risk young adults. KUNR offers promotion, and will broadcast produced stories.

Partner(s):
Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno; KUNR Reno Public Radio; Voices

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NORTH COUNTRY AT WORK STORY SLAMS : AMY FEIEREISEL | CANTON, NY

Amy Feiereisel and North Country Public Radio collaborate to present a series of public storytelling events building on Feiereisel’s North Country at Work Story broadcast series. They’ll capture the broad experience of workers in this rural community—from farmers to homemakers, professors, and miners. The Work Story Slams “will be a way to talk about and acknowledge a community’s experience—growth, decay, change—through the lens of a truly universal theme.” The events will be recorded and distributed via podcast and as part of the ongoing broadcast series.

Partner(s):
North Country Public Radio
(Localore incubator for
Homefront: Fort Drum)

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PLAYBACK THEATRE POP-UPS : JOHN JOHNSON | WASHINGTON, DC

Localore’s Anacostia Unmapped community collaborator John Johnson brings neighbors from all corners of this rapidly changing, historically African American neighborhood together using an interactive technique called “Playback Theatre.” Those gathered will share a collective experience through improvisational movement, dance, story, and acting in a series of eight indoor and outdoor live events. This unique approach to engagement enables the community “to share DNA/stories with one another and birth stronger community connections.”

Partner(s):
Oral History Collaborative; Anacostia Playhouse; Anacostia Coordinating Council

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ORCHESTRATED COLLISIONS : ELISE PEPPLE | WEST TEXAS (MARFA, FORT DAVIS, MIDLAND, ODESSA, PRESIDIO)

Broadcasting across 30,000 square miles of Far West Texas, Marfa Public Radio’s signal passes through immense country. Separated from each other like islands, are communities—each with a sense of itself as strong and singular as the next. With distance comes differences, but also the chance to make connections. The worlds that collide here include: the border, ranching, art, oil and gas, and tourism. Orchestrated Collisions: Live Stories from the Wide Range is a series of events that will invite people from across the region to engage in diverse, sometimes opposing narratives around shared topics affecting the place we call home.

Partner(s):
Marfa Public Radio

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CONSTELACIÓN DE HISTORIAS: BRITTANY THOMAS AND 94.9 FM ZUMIX RADIO | EAST BOSTON, MA

East Boston is one of the fastest changing neighborhoods in the city. Constelación de historias is a three-part event series anchored by a thriving community center powered by young people. The project is made up of a soundwalk, a collaborative “audio challenge,” and an evening of live storytelling, bringing youth-led action and story to our neighbors’ engagement on the issue of rapid housing development.

Partner(s):
Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity; City Life/Vida Urbana; Stand for Democracy

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FREE EGUNFEMI | RICHMOND, VA

Free is an independent historical strategist, social innovator, and founder of Untold RVA. Free’s Shockoe Secrets is a people-powered tactical urbanism project amplifying deliberately submerged historical narratives hidden in plain sight in Richmond. Free assembled a “conspiracy of good people,” innovative changemakers in public media, street art, academia, youth empowerment, political action, and community design. Her work is fueled by ancestral self-determination to disrupt historical legacies of oppression. She is leading the front lines of what she has titled the Commemorative Justice movement.

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RUXANDRA GUIDI | LOS ANGELES, CA

Ruxandra is a prolific, international multimedia storymaker whose work is distributed via public radio, print, and across social/digital platforms. She’s reported throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region for outfits including NPR’s Latino USA, the BBC, The World, and KPCC. Guidi’s project What Makes Life will explore and celebrate the lives of older adults in the central, working-class Los Angeles neighborhood of MacArthur Park through oral histories, photo portraits, and a live event that will bring together people from different generations.

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ANNIE LE | FIELDS CORNER/DORCHESTER, MA

Annie currently serves as the president of the Networking Organization of Vietnamese Americans and works for Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu. She has been involved with the Vietnamese community since college and has been instrumental in planning the hallmark Tet in Boston celebration in various capacities, notably as Tet in Boston co-chair. She has worked in Boston public schools for 10 years as a math teacher and the Engagement and Student Affairs Coordinator. She is passionate in preserving and promoting the Vietnamese culture, helping people navigate the city, and working with youth to help them learn and grow.