McDonough, StoryCorps to present ‘Voices of the Valley,’ beginning June 24

Youngstown State University’s McDonough Museum of Art recently collaborated with National Public Radio’s StoryCorps  to bring the nonprofit’s interview-and-oral-history project to the Mahoning Valley. The result is “Voices of the Valley” and features 30 local conversations recorded over five days.

From June 24 through July 26, the McDonough Museum of Art will function as a “Voices of the Valley” listening center. Visitors can hear the 30 conversations in individual, quiet comfortable spaces using a variety of sound devices.

In addition, the public is invited to participate in a “Share Your Story Booth.” A recording booth that follows the style and spirit of StoryCorps will be available in the McDonough for 25-minute conversations. Participants will receive a copy of their recording and the possible inclusion in Digital Maag, the digital archive at Maag Library. Hours are limited, so interested parties are asked to make a reservation by calling 330-941-1400.

The McDonough asked the eight community organizations (YSU’s College of Creative Arts and Communication, Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, the Wean Foundation, WYSU and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.) to compile a list of local leaders who would form “Voices of the Valley.” Sixty people were asked to share their stories about transforming the Valley in the areas of entrepreneurship, redevelopment, technology, activism and faith.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the program. This program is also funded, in part, by the following organizations: YSU’s College of Creative Arts and Communication, Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, the Wean Foundation, WYSU and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.

About StoryCorps – 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 their 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.

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