“Story Mid-Wife” directs NPMTC
2014 Vanport Multimedia Project
Laura Lo Forti, a local creative projects consultant, will direct
the North Portland Multimedia Training Center (NPMTC) project to collect
stories from Vanport survivors. This has been an ongoing project of NPMTC since
2011 to document the stories of life and survival in Vanport as told by the
people who experienced them and their families.
support to NPMTC from Meyer Memorial Trust, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the
Multnomah Cultural Coalition made it possible to extend the project through
2014 and hire a project consultant to help collect, present, and archive
interviews with Vanport survivors. With Lo Forti’s history and experience
directing life-story workshops around the world, she brings a new approach and
focus to the project emphasizing the art of story gathering. “The stories exist already within each
individual,” she noted during a recent interview with Ochre, a digital
publication that profiled Lo Forti’s agency, A Fourth Act, “I facilitate the
process of expressing them. Technology aside, that happens every time you sit
with someone and listen with empathy.”
brings 10 years of experience in creating and leading participatory media programs
that give marginalized communities the opportunity to represent themselves and share
their knowledge about issues affecting their life.
Lo Forti created
a Vanport Multimedia Project
Face Book page to promote the project
successfully engaging over 200 Face Book followers in the first few hours. More
importantly are the connections coming to surface and the power of outreach to
individuals through social media. NPMTC Administrator Naomi Pierce notes this
is an outreach component that has been somewhat missing from past NPMTC
training projects, but the value is obviously immense.
gathering workshops will be offered in July and include learning video and audio recording to capture the
interviews, and editing skills necessary to produce multimedia stories. The
free weekend workshops begin July 12 extending to July 27 with a break
in-between for filming/recording interviews. The commitment is around 32 hours
of workshop time plus 5-10 additional hours for filming outside the classroom.
For registration and more information visit http://vanportmultimediaproject.tumblr.com/apply .
NPMTC is a
project of The Skanner Foundation, est. 1993 as the non-profit entity of The
Skanner News Group to further education among African Americans. For more
information about NPMTC visit www.npmtc.org.
NPMTC continues Vanport Film Project through 2014; builds ADA bathroom through community grants.
Meyer Memorial Trust, Portland Development Commission, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Black United Fund gave support through their 2014 grant programs to the North Portland Multimedia Training Center, an educational project of The Skanner Foundation.
PDC is providing nearly $20,000 to upgrade to ADA standards one of the existing downstairs bathrooms at the training center site on Killingsworth. The building’s design already has several built in advantages for people with disabilities with its wide doors and spacious hallways. Building owner and The Skanner Foundation President, Bernie Foster says this helps toward their commitment of being 100 percent ADA compliant for NPMTC trainees. Their next big challenge is to provide ADA access to the second floor of The Skanner Newsgroup building, where training occasionally occurs. Part of the PDC project is to provide a design and estimate for second floor ADA access.
Meyer Memorial Trust, The Black United Fund, and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition provided a total of $14,000 in support to train HD camera production. Productions will include the Vanport Film Project and PSA’s made by PPS students attending the Community Transitions Program through Portland Public Schools.
NPMTC understands the impact of these awards and sees them as a stabilizing factor for the training center as well as providing leverage for additional funding. NPMTC trains individuals in the community at no charge to use professional state of the art HD video cameras as the method to record oral history interviews and other productions.
In 2014 NPMTC will continue to collect Vanport stories to create a video archive for the community and the public at large and to provide opportunities to view the productions in venues across the city. For more information, visit npmtc.org or call NPMTC at 503-285-5555 x 521.
2014 Vanport Oral History Project
The North Portland Multimedia Training Center through its Vanport Oral History Video Contest sought producers to interview Vanport survivors. Dozens of survivors came forward to be interviewed. We acknowledge and appreciate the many individuals in the community that helped with our outreach and continue to help us.
Four Vanport related videos have been produced and are available to view. Several more Vanport interviews have been filmed and are being edited to include in the NPMTC 2014 Oral History project to collect video recorded histories about Vanport, Oregon.
Productions resulting from interviews will be submitted to public access TV, posted on social media and multimedia websites. Venues throughout the city will provide opportunities for Portland communities to view them.
If you are interested in volunteering for this project or to learn more about it, please contact Naomi Pierce, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-285-5555, X 521, go to www.npmtc.org or visit the NPMTC page on Facebook and "Like" us.