Story Helix: a community storytelling project

StoryHelix invites you to share your stories in a recorded or written format.

This is not a contest! This is a collection of stories about our community that we create together. All community members are encouraged to call in and engage. The stories will be published and shared, here on the StoryHelix website, and on YouTube or our podcast. You will retain all rights to your story! (Learn more about your rights and the requirements!)

This project is grounded in the ideal of making our area a braver, safer, more beautiful, and more equitable place to live. If we are to move into a better imagined future, a reckoning with our past and current stories is needed. The StoryHelix project invites us to examine what stories we have inherited, and what stories we will pass down. 

We’re working with some awesome local community organizations to gather and share out your stories. Strides for Social Justice and the Whiteaker Community Arts Team will be helping to collect stories; Lane Arts Council will collaborate with us to share stories through visual media in the community; and Minority Voices Theatre will be partnering with us to create staged performances. Stay tuned!

Thank you for sharing yours. 

About Our Project Name: A double helix is the structure of a DNA molecule: what makes a living being who or what it is. Our DNA is shaped by our ancestors’ experiences and environments. If just one of the letters (A, T, G, C)  is removed, ignored, or changed, the entire being is altered -- even becoming an entirely different creature. Communities are like this as well. Eugene and Springfield, and the surrounding areas have an uncomfortable history and present surrounding erasure, inclusion, and exclusion. For too long, many in our community have not been heard. StoryHelix hopes to honor our community's letters, and their juxtapositions, and to weave a new narrative together. Tracing our EUGeneology. Intertwining stories past, present, and not yet imagined.