WHO WE ARE

The Visionary Justice Story Lab is a collective of interdisciplinary artists, media makers, and cultural workers evolving story, media, and performance based racial and healing justice practices for communities of color and the organizations that serve them.  Read more about our approach below.

OUR APPROACH

We believe that culture has a critical role in advancing racial justice, and that the arts are a powerful tool for addressing our most pressing challenges. For real change to manifest in organizations and positively impact communities, we must understand structures of racism, and apply creative strategies for dismantling oppressive policies and practices towards racially equitable outcomes.

As artists and creative facilitators, our approach engages participants/clients in personal and group reflection through the use of:

  • arts-based activities drawn from theatre, storytelling, music, and visual art

  • restorative practices that build trust and promote healing

  • application of anti-oppression frameworks

We support clients in developing an understanding of how racism and intersecting oppressions play out, ultimately causing harm and negatively impacting staff and communities. Clients work to build a shared vision for racial equity that seeks to examine power and organizational culture in order to evolve strategies for authentic community engagement.

 
 

01.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

-James Baldwin

02.

"I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell."

-Octavia Butler

03.

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”

-Audre Lorde

04.

"I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that."

-Dick Gregory

 
 
 

Our Projects

 
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GRRRL Justice Community Engagement Series

A narrative short film exploring the rising number of girls, and gender non-conforming youth of color being incarcerated in the juvenile justice system. The shorts follow a young girl being released from juvenile detention, a young woman caught up in sex trafficking and a gender non-conforming youth who gets singled out for disciplinary action highlighting the school to prison pipeline. Their narratives converge in a final scene highlighting artistic poetic power these young people possess and the solace they are able to find in community youth-led space.

UN/LOCKED : Healing Trauma 

A healing justice workshop using storytelling and creativity to address the connection between the criminal justice system and the mind prisons/body prisons/structural prisons communities of color navigate daily.  

 

The Storylab

In partnership with KVRU 105.7, VJSL produces a series of community specific PSAs and public affairs stories with a focus on disseminating information to Southeast Seattle around the prison industrial complex, the NO NEW YOUTH JAIL movement, and the school to prison pipeline. Additional coverage areas include addressing the importance of arts and culture in addressing systemic oppression in marginalized communities, along with extensive coverage on Seattle's housing affordability crisis. Southeast Seattle is a great place for this project because it is home to one of the most diverse legislative districts in the nation! To submit a story  for consideration, email: visionaryjusticestorylab@gmail.com.