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How Seattle Made Dark Alleys Safer—By Throwing Parties In Them

Yes! Magazine

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Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-up the crime and garbage. As an urban development strategy, adjacent vacant stor...

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How Seattle Got Its (Arts) Groove Back

Bright Magazine

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Arts education programs in the United States are subjected to cutting for maintaining tight school budgets. Technology sectors in Seattle seek professionals who have been trained in problem solving skills and innovative idea generation. In response, Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Office ...

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Can Storytelling Help Destroy the Stigma Associated With Abortion?

Pacific Standard

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Abortion is a highly stigmatized topic that can lead individuals to selectively disclose who they tell about the experience. Storytelling is now being viewed as a way to help de-stigmatize abortion based on contact theory and empathy as a means of bringing people together.

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Pedal to Porch

The Philadelphia Citizen

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In Detroit, Michigan, residents reduce the effects of gentrification through physical activity and shared storytelling. The non-profit Pedal to Porch encourages residents to bike to their neighbors’ homes and record their memories. The effort helps retain some of the identity in Detroit’s changin...

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Mexico's Cartoon Therapists

BBC

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In order to address dynamics that may keep a child from talking about traumatic experiences, a Mexico City-based child psychologist developed Antennas. Antennas is an animated character controlled and voiced by the psychologist who, as an alien, can ask naïve, basic questions about people and rel...

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How Bon Iver Saved Eau Claire

CityLab

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, once a booming Midwestern industrial town, began to struggle after manufacturing plants closed, leading to job loss and blight downtown. However, recent years have shown urban renewal, and it is clear that arts saved the city. The proposed Confluence Arts Center has already...

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Two Old Theaters, One New North Shore

WNYC

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To help develop the arts scene and also increase economic development in the North Shore area of Staten Island, one family formed a non-profit organization to renovate the St. George Theatre and build it up as a revitalized performing arts space. Since 2004 when the theatre was reopened, the are...

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It Takes A Village to Not Marry A Girl

Bright Magazine

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Some communities in Malawi are beginning to fight child marriage their own way—with music, dance, and a few tears, using theater to motivate cultural change.

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The Millennial Who Uses Comedy to Help Veterans Heal

Politico Magazine

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A D.C. non-profit is using storytelling, improv, and comedy to bridge the gap between veterans and civilians. A study by doctors at Western Carolina University found that the program resulted in "a significant increase in commitment, control and self-esteem, as well as decreased stress," and the ...

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Four Terminally Ill Patients Walk Into A Bar…

Bright Magazine

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To remove stigmas around discussing death and end of life care, four terminally ill people have been delivering stand up comedy routines about their situations. Through humor, the Laughing At Death foundation hopes Indians will be more accepting of palliative care and able to talk to family membe...

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