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Street storytelling session, Place des Tilleuls, Saint-Denis, 25 July 2020. Photo by Adjera Lakehal.

Storytelling encounters with Saint-Denis residents

SPACES  is created out of a series of storytelling events and workshops, in which residents are invited at a dedicated place or in the street to recount a story that connects them with their city. Some of these stories will be shared broadly, as resident-storytellers will be selected to perform at the culminating public performances! The storytelling encounters in Saint-Denis started in July and will continue throughout September in cooperation with the 7 district offices of the city of Saint-Denis. Follow the schedule here and come share your story!


Support for SPACES Saint-Denis/Oakland

SPACES: Saint-Denis/Oakland took off with support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US. The project has since benefited from dedicated partners and has received grants both in France and the US.


In  France, SPACES: Saint-Denis is co-produced with Légendes Urbaines; in partnership with the Culture Department, the District Offices, the Market of the City of Saint-Denis, 
the Basilica of Saint-Denis/Centre des monuments nationaux, 
La ligne 13 - pôle ressource sur le Hip hop, le musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis, Théâtre Gérard Philipe, and 6b; and with support by the French American Cultural Society, Institut français, Contrat de ville/ANCT, DRAC Ile-de-France, City of Saint-Denis and the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis which supports the City of Saint-Denis for SPACES.


In the US, SPACES: Oakland has partnered with the City of Oakland, Destiny Arts Center, Downtown Oakland Association, Montalvo Arts Center, The Townfolk Project, and YR Media. SPACES has recently been awarded a Humanities For All Project Grant by the California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities; an Arts Mini Grant from The Clorox Company Foundation at the East Bay Community Foundation; and a semi-finalist grant by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


A special thanks to all for making SPACES happen in Saint-Denis and Oakland!


Empower Culture in Our Cities - The Oakland/Saint-Denis Cooperation Project


Our SPACES: Saint-Denis/Oakland, developed with the communities of Saint-Denis (France) and Oakland (USA), is part of the Oakland/Saint-Denis Cooperation Project, initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. The Project organized two learning expeditions at the end of 2019, successively in Saint-Denis and in Oakland, which brought together French and American urbanists, artists, architects, scholars, and urban planners. Simón was invited to the Saint-Denis expedition to facilitate an interactive workshop on the use of storytelling for community engagement. Watch the 14-minute documentary recounting the two learning expeditions.

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