THE CIVIC STORIES PROJECT
Empowering Communities, Voicing Resilience
Civic stories paint the past, present, and future.
Civic stories are the living voice of living communities in real time. Told and retold by neighbor to neighbor, by lifelong residents to new friends and allies, narratives of engagement and change resonate across generations, forging a community’s sense of direction and shared values, and shaping its own sense of Public Kinship.
These are the stories of the residents and allies of the Neighborhood Associates nationwide community network. These are stories of volunteerism, the development of civic pride, the strength to pursue one's own dreams and help others to shape and further theirs as well. Residents of our network can contribute their own civic story to our tapestry by clicking the link below, or by contacting us directly.
CIVIC STORIES OF PUBLIC KINSHIP
Civically engaged residents, artists, and volunteers lead the way, every day.
ERICA'S CIVIC STORY
BASS CIRCLE, WASHINGTON, DC
“I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 18 years. My passion in education is to prepare young minds for the future by providing them with the best educational experience I can. Volunteering is an opportunity...It brings me a significant amount of joy and happiness to be an active advocate for my community.”
TALAYA'S CIVIC STORY
PARADISE AT PARKSIDE, WASHINGTON, DC
Talaya volunteers with the Paradise Parkside Gardening Club . She is committed to helping grow and share fresh produce with her community. Nature fuels her imagination and the Paradise Community garden is a therapeutic outlet amid social distancing.
MARLESHA'S CIVIC STORY
Marlesha S. Woods, a Louisville Metro Area-based interdisciplinary artist, has led NAC's Families are Artists, Creators, and Teachers Program (FACT) in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood since 2018. As a teacher, creative entrepreneur, family mentor, and dedicated practitioner of civically engaged creativity, Marlesha exemplifies Public Kinship as a concept and a vocation. We're proud to share our colleague's story here.