StoryCorps’ First Dallas Interview Is With Artist Christopher Blay

by Christina Rees November 19, 2014

Christopher Blay

StoryCorps is a national non-profit that uses a “MobileBooth”–an airsteam trailer decked out with a recording studio– to make stops in cities across the country in order to record citizens’ personal stories.

The trailer will be parked at Sammons Park in front of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas from November 20 to December 20 and, tomorrow, as part of the opening ceremony co-hosted by KERA at 10 a.m., the first two recorded interviews will be with DFW artist Christopher Blay and Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. Good move, StoryCorps!

The interviews are conducted along with a trained facilitator who guides the 40-minute process. The interviewee receives one CD copy (I wonder if they should switch to thumb drives?) and “With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.”

Also: “KERA FM will air a selection of the local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth. Segments of select interviews may air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.”

For more info on this and the other opening ceremony festivities, as well as information on how to sign up to be interviewed, please go here.

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