the power of stories
Those experiencing homelessness have uniquely intimate relationships with Greensboro’s downtown landscape. However, their stories are seldom heard or considered in dialogues about space. storyscapes is a project through which the guests of the Interactive Resource Center, a daytime center for people experiencing homelessness, can write and record their place-based stories, creating installations of these stories in the locations they occurred.
Storytelling serves as a catalyst for community engagement and agency. While we tell stories to convey a narrative of real or fictional events, we also use stories as a way to define ourselves in relation to the world around us; stories allow us to connect to the experiences of others. storyscapes uses stories to give reverence and respect to the humanity of those experiencing homelessness and celebrate their significant contributions to our community. Additionally storyscapes provides an opportunity for new meaning making for those sharing their stories and for those listening to them.