Story City presents: My First Time
Thursday, Jan. 24th from 7-9pm
The Loft Literary Center ( 1011 Washington Avenue South, Open Book, Suite 200 - Minneapolis, MN)
Free (donations welcomed)
Macalester College alumni Jemma Brown '11 and Lara Avery '10 started their nomadic story-telling experience, Story City MN, last year. According to their Facebook page, "the goal of Story City is to provide a platform for artists, performers, writers and everyone in between to come together once a month and share stories with members of their Twin Cities community." Past events have been hosted at a garden on East Hennepin Avenue, Boneshaker Books, The Nomad Bar, a plot at Stone's Throw Urban Farm, and Honey.
As an audience member and friend, I think of Story City MN as a feminist endeavor. Their utilization of a variety of spaces and places in the Twin Cities fosters a warm sense of community. By occupying different locations, these events highlight how stories exist everywhere, especially in a vibrant city like Minneapolis. It allows us to bear witness to other peoples' lived experiences, and encourages sharing, collaboration, and hope. Everyone is encouraged to submit and tell stories; at the last Story City I attended, they included a segment where they picked a guest's name out of a hat and invited them on stage. The spontaneity emphasized how many feminist belief systems empower individuals to create and act on their theoretical learnings.