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Community History Keeping Through Oral History

Date & Time
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Oral History is the collection and study of how we remember. Using oral history, we are able to decipher what makes an event meaningful, tap into both physical and mental recollections of time and place, and think about how we come to collective understandings of community and self. Through oral history, we are able to challenge the idea of the singular truth to contextualize meaning and importance in the many ways we experience and understand our many truths especially for people whose truths have been excluded, erased, and minimized. In this interactive workshop, researcher, organizer and creative Ricky Reyes will explore the challenges of oral history, and its potential. Participants will discover more about what oral history is, what makes it so distinct from other modes of recording, and better understand how we can build infrastructure to support oral history projects. You will also explore where you may be able to build oral history into your current practices—and how.

This session has limited space and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please arrive on time to ensure you will have access. 

This session is participatory and will include breakout groups for discussion. 

Session Type
Session Tags
Social Justice, Truth & Storytelling, Health & Healing, Art, Education


Rick Reyes is a Seattle-based, Tacoma-born, researcher, organizer, creative, and Public Art Project Manager & Gallery Lead with the Office of Arts & Culture. An avid musician, writer, and photographer Rick finds community in creating with and performing alongside of fellow musicians, writers, and creatives. Rick is trained in critical race theory and public policy at Seattle University, his previous research and art explore epistemologies to better understand assumptions on race, class, and gender. Rick’s work experience includes oral history, public art, curation, and community engagement with arts organizations such as the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle University, the Office of Arts & Culture, and Seattle Theatre Group.
Ricky Reyes