It was founded in late spring 2010 with a casual chat between Dwight and Lori-Ann Livingston, founder of the Latitudes Storytelling Festival, over coffee at the Little Bean Coffee Bar on Francis Street, Kitchener. They discovered a mutual passion for storytelling, it’s connection to community and the role of digital media in connecting us to community.
The project is a grassroots initiative that focuses on the fundamental connection between personal narrative and place. Stories create and inform a larger community narrative and to that end Latitudes and Longitudes embraces these three goals:
- Stimulate and facilitate the creation of personal stories from Waterloo Region’s neighbourhoods.
- Present and preserve these stories in a digital format to be used for the benefit of the community and the world.
- Leave behind a grassroots framework for story creation, gathering and telling in the neighbourhoods where the project conducts its work.
While the founding partners continue to work together, they also encourage and develop other partnerships both together and independently.
In 2012 Latitudes and Longitudes partnered with the City of Kitchener to create Made in Kitchener: Personal Stories From Our Industrial Past. This standalone website is the heart of an interactive walking tour of Kitchener’s core. The tours takes you on a journey of 10 stories based on a series of interviews conducted as part of the city’s Industrial Artifacts Project. Visit the MadeInKitchener.ca for more details.
Latitudes Storytelling Festival is a charitable organization that seeks to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation for the art of storytelling; to provide diverse programming for adults and children that includes spoken word, music, theatre, visual arts and image; to create local partnerships that help us provide an environment, in public places, through which the stories of our immediate community can be told, as well as sharing stories from around the world; and to host an annual storytelling festival in Waterloo region, free to the public, hosted by the K-W Multicultural Festival.
Dwight Storring’s practice centres around creating, developing, documenting and presenting personal narratives as a window on the life of community. He works in a documentary style using video, still images and audio. He facilitates digital storytelling events and workshops to gather personal stories and encourage their telling.
His work was performed at Asphalt Jungle Shorts VI, June 2010. He was a resident artist at Theatre and Company during the 2005-06 season. He has worked as a photojournalist and website editor for the Waterloo Region Record and was Journalist in Residence at the University of Waterloo in 2005 where he designed and delivered a third-year course – Journalism in a Digital Age: Multimedia Storytelling.