StoryBlock at Kelly Street Block Party

Alison Kibbe and Sasha Phyars-Burgess are 2015 Create Change Commissions Artists for their project StoryBlock, through which they are deepening the community partnerships they began last year with the Kelly Street Garden.

They have been hard on work on their project and sent us the following update about their project, to be featured at the Kelly Street Garden on Saturday, August 15th:

The StoryBlock summer has been filled with the honor of hearing some amazing stories from residents of Kelly Street. Now we’re ready to begin to share those stories.


We will be at the Kelly Street Block Party on Saturday, August 15th with a “Listening Booth” offering previews of stories. Local photographer, Imani Vidal, will be helping out with “Portrait for a Story”—we’ll be offering free family and individual portraits in exchange for short stories and memories from residents. If you’re on the block you’ll also be able to see portraits of community members displayed in local storefronts thanks to business owners who’ve generously offered their windows as public gallery space.


As you can see in Sasha’s photos from last year, the Block Party was quite the party. We’re looking forward to an even better time this year!

This week we’re excited to launch our online archive at As the project grows we will continue to add more stories, so keep watching for new content.

You can also follow us on our Facebook and Instagram @storyblockstories!


Looking ahead, on Wednesday, September 16th, we’ll be offering “Recipe for a Story,” a storytelling workshop about the stories and memories we carry around food.