Past Event

Migration Stories

Audial Documentary Workshop with Ayana Contreras

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Event and Workshop

Saturday, June 23, 2018 – 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.

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This audio documentary workshop led by Chicago-based DJ Ayana Contreras explores the rich Chicagoland stories of migration. Contreras facilitates skills for documenting personal stories through sound, with techniques that include writing around quotes, interview skills, setting scenes, using music and ambient sounds, and identifying narrative arcs. Participants will hear audio samples, receive a document with top tips, record one another, and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback.

This workshop has a limited number of spaces. To reserve a spot, please email your RSVP to with the subject line "Migration Stories."

Ayana Contreras is a DJ who spins original vinyl records, many of which were born right here in Chicago. Her radio show, "Reclaimed Soul" on Vocalo 91.1fm, highlights these records, as well as the stories behind them. Ayana was a 2014-15 University of Chicago Arts + Public Life Artist-in-Residence; and her first book, a history of Arts and Culture in post-Civil Rights Era Black Chicago, is forthcoming through Northwestern University Press.