A few weeks ago (2/26/16) we had a gaggle of locals (plus one outsider) on Art in Your Ear to talk about storytelling, and specifically, how we tell our own stories. Gina Moccio has started an event at Tempus Projects called Folklore, and people who actually get stuff done around Tampa come in and talk about it.
Gina, writer Ray Rao (who will be doing the next Folklore on June 2) of the great blog Suburban Apologist and many other publications, Sarah Howard, the Curator of Public Art and Social Practice at USF, Tracy Midulla Reller of Tempest Projects, and artist Langdon Graves (who has a show up a Tempest, which is amazinks) came in to Art in Your Ear.
It seems like a good follow up to that would be hearing how the event went. Chef Ferrell Alvarez of the Rooster & The Till was one of the featured speakers. He grew up in Tampa, and has created a restaurant and place that reflects beauty and fun back at his city.
Sarah Howard came from Virginia (she and Landgon figured out that they went to the same school and a lot of the same places, just a few years apart!) to USF, and decided to stay. She was working at GraphicStudio when the opportunity to become the Curator of Public Art and Social Practice came up. It gives her an opportunity to reshape the experience of art for people, and promote art that is reactive within our world.
Whether it is the idea that people move away from there homes more and more these days, leading us to losing our history and roots, or if it is an increased fascination with our own stories, the idea of story telling by non-celebrities is ever increasing. StoryCorps might be the most well known venue for this, but all of the towns around seem to have their versions. It is how we weave our communities together.