Through years of touring the Tale of a Town project to communities across the country, FIXT POINT has developed a unique methodology for gathering community stories, and adapting the audio to various forms of presentations. Each year, as new artists are introduced to the project, they are trained in all of these areas.
With support from the Ontario government’s Ontario150 fund, we offered two free training sessions to 24 artists from across the country in February 2017. The four-day workshops introduced them to our storygathering and creation methodology, including outreach strategies, interviewing techniques, and audio art creation. Participants put together a mini-Tale of a Town project, gathering interviews in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood and presenting short multimedia pieces on the final day of the workshop. Participants were excited to use their newly honed skills in their own work, and a number of them joined our summer 2017 storygathering team.
The Storygathering Training Workshop was created in partnership with the Ontario government’s Ontario150 fund.