Community Storytelling Fellowship

Supporting Oregonians in sharing stories from their communities

Producer Ifanyi Bell recording a video for Oregon Humanities in 2017. Photo by Tojo Andrianarivo

Oregon Humanities is now accepting proposals for Community Storytelling Fellowships. We’re looking for six people who belong to communities that are underrepresented in Oregon media to share stories from those communities in our magazine and other publications in 2023. Applications are now closed.

When we say “community,” we mean any group of people who share a common experience thanks to where they live, the language they speak, their race, their religion, their age, or some other attribute. 

When we say “storytelling,” we mean nonfiction stories conveyed through writing, photos, audio, video, comics, or any other medium.

In 2023, six Community Storytelling Fellows will each receive $5,000 to create approximately three stories to be published by Oregon Humanities and partner publications between February and December 2023. Each fellow will be assigned an experienced mentor working in their medium and an editor from the Oregon Humanities staff. Three fellowships will be reserved for storytellers living in rural communities.

In 2022, we awarded three Community Storytelling Fellowships.

2022 Fellows

Hector Flores, of Talent, produced a video series titled Monte y Bosque exploring the experiences of forestry and agricultural workers in Southern Oregon. 

Jennifer Perrine, of Portland, wrote about people of color in Oregon who are involved in outdoor recreation and removing barriers for others. 

  • We're Here for Each Other: How Oregonians of color are building relationships in the outdoors, published by Oregon Humanities and High Country News

  • We Know What We've Experienced: How Wild Diversity is making outdoor spaces safer for BIPOC & LGBTQ+ communities, published by Oregon Humanities and The Oregonian

Bruce Poinsette, of Tigard, wrote articles and produced video interviews sharing stories of Oregon’s Black diaspora communities. 

  • "Just Go Do It": Portraits of Black Muslim community leadership in Oregon, published by Oregon Humanities and The Oregonian

Oregon Humanities magazine and our other publications explore the ideas and experiences of Oregonians. The goal of this fellowship is to provide time and space for sharing stories and questions that might otherwise not be possible as part of our mission to connect people and communities to inspire understanding and collaborative change.

We hope the stories shared through this fellowship will allow more Oregonians to see their experiences represented, fill information gaps, and encourage readers to work toward a more inclusive and civically engaged state. We hope fellows will develop as storytellers and build connections within their communities.

If you have questions of any kind about this opportunity, please contact Ben Waterhouse at b.waterhouse@oregonhumanities.org.

This program is made possible thanks to generous support from the Echo Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation.

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