The Rapidian

Tell your story in the story fort

You'll find The Rapidian setting up a story fort to collect your story during ArtPrize at a variety of times and places for their Story Matters project.
Charlie tells his story in an earlier Story Matters project appearance at Ah Nab Awen Park

Charlie tells his story in an earlier Story Matters project appearance at Ah Nab Awen Park /Eric Tank

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Story Matters Schedule

Your story matters, and we want to be sure you don't miss your chance to tell it in our story fort.Events at SiTE:LAB and City parks are weather permitting.

September 20

  • Friday, 5-7 p.m.
  • SiTE:LAB
  • 54 Jefferson SE

September 22

  • Sunday, 12-2 p.m.
  • Ah Nab Awen Park
  • 303 Pearl Street NW
  • find us just west of the pedestrian bridge, south of the grassy hill

September 25

September 28

  • Saturday, 12-2 p.m.
  • SiTE:LAB
  • 54 Jefferson SE
  • Saturday, 4-6 p.m.
  • Louis Campau Promenade
  • 125 Monroe Ave NW

October 1

October 4

October 5

Setting the stage for our stories to be told in the story fort

Setting the stage for our stories to be told in the story fort /Holly Bechiri

Design and construction is still underway of the story fort before its first appearance this Thursday

Design and construction is still underway of the story fort before its first appearance this Thursday /Holly Bechiri

For the next three weeks, if you're downtown during ArtPrize, you might see what appears to be a children's fort with a camera in front of it.

No, it's not an ArtPrize artist's installation- it's the Rapidian staff having fun with their Story Matters project- by building a fort for you to tell your story in!

With prompts ranging from telling us how you've seen Grand Rapids change over the years to retelling your favorite art experience, we'll be capturing all of the stories of our city in this pop-up events at SiTE:LAB, Propaganda Doughnuts, 616 Lofts on Ionia (upstairs from Grand Rapids Brewing Company) and Ah Nab Awen Park.

Along with appearing at ArtPrize venues, the story fort is also scheduled to be making a special appearance at Brewery Vivant's Third Annual Wood-Aged Beer Fest.

Stories captured in the story fort will then be turned into short videos that will be shared on The Rapidian and GRTV. You can tune in to your public access television on channel 25 to catch these stories of our city, or find all the latest stories by perusing the Story Matters page on The Rapidian, where all our Story Matters videos will be archived.

Don't know what to talk about? Never fear, we will have plenty of "prompt cards" for you to choose from, and a friendly face to listen to your story. It can take as little as a few minutes to tell your story, so be sure to check the schedule (at right) and plan to visit us while you are downtown in the upcoming weeks.

 

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