With sponsorship from the Department of Neighborhoods Community Partnerships Fund, and support from local partners and community advocates DNDA will engage the Delridge community in an 8 event Let’s Talk Race Series in 2018. By serving individuals of various ethnic/cultural communities that make the Delridge corridor their home and by engaging the community through a foundation of critical dialogue, restorative justice practices and storytelling, we will help individuals develop a greater self-awareness to work on themselves, to heal wounds in the presence of community, and to see similarities and the common humanity present in those around them. At the same time, these events will allow individuals to learn skills, practices and gain access to resources that will position them to ask difficult questions and re-imagine a community centered on understanding and the creation of a deep sense of belonging for those in Delridge.
To kick off promotion for the series, on November 11th and 18th DNDA in partnership with Reel Grrls and the Northwest Film Forum brought together young women from high schools around the community for a production and training workshop. Delridge residents were invited to answer interview questions about what race and community building means to them, sharing their life experiences, opinions and suggestions.
Students learned the basics of lighting, interview procedures, video editing and were able to begin to develop their portfolios as young cinematographers. We look forward to the development of this series and the impact it makes on uplifting and magnifying the talents and voices of our youth and the larger community.