Shelf Life Community Story Project
Amplifying community voices, learning from neighborhood stories, and interrupting narratives of erasure in Seattle's Central District.


The Shelf Life Community Story Project received partial funding in the form of a King County 4Culture Heritage grant and raised additional funds from local donors. All of the funds raised to date have been used to pay artists of color, to host community story workshops in the Shelf Life storefront, to have community stories transcribed, to host a community open house and youth photo exhibit, and to produce a ten-episode podcast. 

Donations to Shelf Life are tax-deductible through our Fiscal Sponsor, Fractured Atlas. The link below will take you directly to their online donation page for this project. 

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Additional funding will enable us to:

1) Continue paying artists of color to record and edit stories and create art inspired by the stories we record. 

2) Create and produce a Shelf Life radio series and podcast that.

3) Research and strategize the acquisition and retrofitting of a Shelf Life Story Bus that would allow us to take the Shelf Life story booth elsewhere in the neighborhood, like churches and senior centers. 

5) Solicit community feedback to develop creative ways of returning neighborhood stories to the community.