“Voices of the Valley” recorded by  StoryCorps
June 24 – July 26, 2014

The McDonough Museum of Art reached out to StoryCorps, inviting them to record and chronicle a representative cross-section of our community and their aspirations.  The result will be “Voices of the Valley” – thirty conversations recorded over five days.  We asked the eight community based organizations noted above to come up with a list of community leaders who would form “Voices of the Valley.” Sixty individuals were selected who through entrepreneurship, redevelopment, technology, activism, faith and a deep connection to community, share their stories about transforming the Valley.

From June 24 to July 26 the McDonough Museum of Art will function as a “Voices of the Valley” listening center where visitors can hear the thirty conversations in individual, quiet comfortable spaces using a variety of sound devices.

The public is also invited to participate in “Share Your Story Booth.” A recording booth that follows the style and spirit of StoryCorps will be available in the Museum for twenty-five minute conversations. Hours are limited so please grab a friend or family member and make a reservation by calling 330.941.1400. Participants will receive a copy of their recording and the possible inclusion in “DIGITAL.MAAG,” a digital archive at Maag Library accessible to the public.

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition, at storycorps.org, and through their podcast.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

This program is also funded in part by our community partners:
College of Creative Arts and Communication
Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County
Business & Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley, a division of the MVHS
Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership
The Raymond John Wean Foundation
WYSU 88.5 FM
Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation