telling stories: building communities a memory grid special program

the heart of the story
Image: The Heart of the Story

Telling Stories: Building Communities is an exhibition of distinct and meaningful stories produced by over 80 participants through a year-long digital storytelling project funded by VicHealth Arts for Health program.

The Telling Stories: Building Communities exhibition explores personal journeys of identity, displacement, survival, courage, sexuality and memory, and spans storytellers of various ages and communities.

During May, the Memory Grid will display the Telling Stories: Building Communities project which involved the following groups:

The Heart of the Story

Created in partnership with the National Heart Foundation of Australia (Victorian Division), these stories come from people with personal and professional experience of cardiovascular disease.

Memory's Voice: Capturing Stories of Courage

Memory's Voice captures the powerful and spirited stories of ten people impacted by dementia. Created in partnership with Alzheimer's Australia, Vic.


Residents from this multicultural inner-city suburb share their views, experiences and memories as part of the inaugural Kensington Storytellers Festival.

Girls Own

Young women at risk tell their powerful stories in Girls Own, a program established at the Melbourne's YWCA.


Young people from the City of Stonington came together to share their diverse experiences, from being a teenage parent to living in a housing commission estate. Created in partnership with Stonington Youth Services.

Pride and Diversity

In a celebration of diversity participants from over ten community groups tell stories from their lives. Being a teenage mother, expressing the power of music and defining identity and sexuality are just some of the experiences shared. The storytellers evoke memories of the people, places and events that inspire them.

ACMI also runs Digital Storytelling for the general public.

Dates   Monday 3 May 2004 - Monday 31 May 2004
Admission   Free admission
  • part of memory grid program
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