create / 2015

The Story Project

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by The Story Project

We propose the creation of a media dialogue between rival communities throughout the city of Los Angeles that erases violence by humanizing the surrounding neighborhood. Stories have power. Media is a way of sharing those stories.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Expand a pilot or a program

How will your proposal improve the following “Create” metrics?

  • Employment in the creative industries
  • Arts establishments per capita

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to create.

LA is a city of communities and with it are cultures that are all too often at odds. Since 1998, The Story Project has been bridging gaps through media education teaching storytelling through filmmaking, screenwriting, photography, poetry and many other devices that encourage self expression. Our intention is simple, create a citywide media program in video that shares challenges and desires from those whose daily struggle is a matter of life and death. Often this is found in the form of gang affiliations. What The Story Project proposes is to create a series of films from various communities that explore what it is like to live in their community. The idea is that through media storytelling the similarities will temper feuds and breed cooperation and peace. The project will have its own portal and support staff in addition to team members that will reach into the community to mentor and coach all involved.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Evaluation will occur through accomplishment. We will have deadlines just like any other type of project with project managers and benchmarks. The Story Project was founded on the basis of incorporating the local media landscape into our classrooms and this program will be no different. We will reach out to the professional TV and film industry for mentors to work with participants in all enrolled communities.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support