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Historic Westside News Launches Legacy Keeper Program

By Colette Haywood
How much do you know about the rich history of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods? The people who used to live here? Events that may have happened here? The businesses? The schools?
Historic Westside News is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of Choice Neighborhood Atlanta’s Microgrant 4.0 for the launch of the Historic Westside Legacy Keeper Program. In the program, 10 high school students will pair with college students to work with institutions and organizations to document the rich heritage of the 5 neighborhoods served by Historic Westside News (HWN) by using both oral and video documentary as a storytelling medium.

Participants will meet one Saturday a month from 1:00PM – 5:00PM at the Neighborhood Union Health Center. During these sessions they will gain skills in mixed media arts.
HWN will share the powerful stories produced by Legacy Keepers nationally and internationally via public access channels, film festivals. and on the Historic Westside News website.
Identified collaborators include Historic Westside News Editorial Team, Sisters Action Team, Star Struck Foundation, Washington Park Conservancy, Vine City Civic Association, The Atlanta University Center, Story Corps and Ashview Heights Neighborhood Association.
Prior experience is not required. Young people from the HWN communities will learn how to be journalists through the program via workshops taught by mass media professionals.

In addition to promoting community pride, the program intends to build critical thinking skills in youth who have been historically neglected by policy-makers and mass media. Using video and audio production, digital arts, and the internet, Legacy Keeper’s will learn to address community issues, access advanced communication technology, and gain inclusion in our information-based society. To apply email historicwestside@gmail.com or call Colette Haywood at 404-917-6853.

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