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Creating Our Stories – the beginnings of a queer toolkit

10 January 2012

Creating Our Stories – the beginnings of a queer toolkit

PrideNZ.com is calling for local LGBTI communities to get involved in an exciting new media project called "Creating Our Stories".

The project, which is being funded through the legacy fund of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames, will develop audio and written "how to" resources around researching, capturing, organizing and preserving stories from a queer perspective.

"We are currently seeking people who would like to have some input or involvement” says project organiser Gareth Watkins. “If you have expertise in any of these areas and would like to share your knowledge, or if you have ideas about what should be in this type of educational toolkit we would love to hear from you."

The project will focus on four areas:

1) Research: Ideas and tips for queer study. For example types of institutions you can approach, things to look for when uncovering hidden pasts.

2) Capture: How to capture good recordings - basic oral history practices, cultural considerations, technology.

3) Organise: Principles behind event management - practicalities, sponsorship and marketing for events and exhibitions.

4) Archive: Ideas for creating and maintaining an organization’s or personal archive, caring for digital archives.

For each area an audio podcast will be created highlighting various techniques and putting forward practical tips. From these podcasts, key points will be identified and shaped into “how to” resource sheets.

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"We see this project as the starting point for a community toolkit that will enable queer communities to better capture their stories for future generations" says Watkins.

The toolkit will be made freely available on the not-for-profit website PrideNZ.com and be deposited with an archive.

If you would like to be involved – either offering your knowledge – or suggesting ideas about what should be included please contact PrideNZ.com before the end of January 2012.

http://www.pridenz.com

ENDS

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