AMP Blog: Detroit Narrative Agency
As our communities face the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and severe anti-Black racism, what do resilience, resistance, joy, grief, and collective care look like?
Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) invites Detroiters and Michigan residents to creatively respond to this question through short videos with its latest project, Radical Remedies: Collective Healing and Power Through Story.
The stories we tell about a place form a kind of DNA-- shaping what that place is and what it can become. The Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) incubates quality and compelling stories with an ecosystem of community members, storytellers, mediamakers, and organizers, that shift the dominant narratives about Detroit towards liberation and justice.
The five members of the DNA 2.0 cohort continued projects that germinated within the first DNA cohort of ten that launched in January of 2016. Their projects include Dangerous Times | Rebellious Responses, directed by Alicia Diaz; Riding with Aunt D. Dot, directed by Bree Gant; Femme Queen Chronicles, directed by Ahya Simone; Sidelots, directed by Atieno Nyar Kasagam; and Take Me Home, directed by Orlando Ford.
In addition to revealing the five projects that now comprise the DNA 2.0 cohort, DNA has also welcomed new staff. Learn more about the people and process of DNA 2.0 from paige watkins, Associate Director of Detroit Narrative Agency.
With place-based, community-accountable principles guiding their mission, the Detroit Narrative Agency isn’t just celebrating this past year’s progress, they’re forging ahead to something even bigger.