Storytelling with a Difference
August 24, 2016 – 6 p.m.
White Stag Block Main Event Room
Join us for a showcase of video projects from the recently completed 2016 Story Arc workshop. Our stories focus on people and organizations making a difference in and around Portland.
Nicole McKinney performs under the name Nikki Brown Clown for audiences of all ages at nonprofit fundraisers and community events across Portland. Nikki is a clown with a purpose, and she uses her performances to advocate for the many issues that affect Portland's displaced black community.
Barbara Grover is a breast cancer survivor, bike rider and badass. in 2015 she organized the group Critical Mastectomy – a group of breast cancer survivors who rode together in the World Naked Bike Ride through Portland.
The Village Building Convergence, part of City Repair in Portland, Oregon, helps build stronger communities by bringing neighborhoods together to work on projects such as the painting of intersections. They are a totally volunteer run organization. This is a look at one of those intersections and the community of people who live near there. If you would like more information, or to get involved, please visit vbc.cityrepair.org.
The subject of death has become taboo and fearful, and, as such, perpetuates a standardized system that influences how our society has come to perceive and treat it. Nancy Ward and Holly Pruett are ‘Death Midwives’ in Portland, Oregon that help families reclaim a healthy relationship with dying. They provide education and services that can circumvent the death industry status quo, and help families make informed and purposeful choices.
Nicola and Meg Cowie were married 14 years before Nicola transitioned to fulfill her gender identity as a woman in 2008. They moved from the UK to Oregon in 2011 -- three years after Nicola began her transition -- and discovered that Amendment 36 of Oregon's state constitution defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman. This is their story.
At 16, Rosalee Ramer is the world's youngest professional female monster truck driver. Following in the footsteps of her monster-truck-driving dad, Kelvin Ramer, Rosalee has risen to the top and is highly acclaimed in her sport.