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Narrative Change

Our Stories. Our Truths.

NARRATIVE CHANGE AND RACIAL HEALING ARE CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF CREATING RACIAL EQUITY.

Storytelling is how we make sense of the world around us. We can’t get to a just and equitable world until our collective narrative fairly and wholly represents each and everyone one of our communities.

Art in This Present Moment

During challenging times, artists are at the forefront of expressing a community's response and demanding change. Through Art in This Present Moment, we are providing financial support to artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft.

New Narrative Project

The New Narrative Project was a campaign designed by and for African-American males ages 11 to 32 in Saint Paul and the surrounding metro area. The project focused on history through the lens of Gordon Parks, racial healing and affirmation, and the creation of new narratives about black males. This project was a partnership between High School for Recording Arts, Individuals with Dreams, Irreducible Grace Foundation, SoulTouch Productions, Youth Lens 360 and was managed by Creative Catalysts.

Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media

Because news media is an amplifier of existing narratives, we have supported Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media. This partnership aimed to change problematic racial narratives by helping Minnesota news professionals uncover their own biases and assumptions and amplify community solutions to narrative change. Minnesota Public Radio, KMOJ/98.8 Radio, the Minnesota Humanities Center, Hamline University, Pillsbury United Communities and ThreeSixty Journalism partnered to create a two-day statewide news media training in March 2019.

View the conference video from MPR

Find out more about the community-media partnership

Narrative change and racial healing are critical components of creating racial equity.

Eric Jolly, Ph.D., president & CEO of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation


Narrative Change Work

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Blog Posts About Narrative Change

Read Operationalizing Equity

Operationalizing Equity

Chief Operating Officer Nadege Souvenir discusses how the Foundation weaves equity into everything we do.

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Watch Fall Updates from the Foundation

Fall Updates from the Foundation

Learn how the Foundation is taking action to partner with and support Minnesota communities.

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Read 2023 Facing Race Award Recipients Named

2023 Facing Race Award Recipients Named

The Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its 2023 Facing Race Awards. A program celebrating the honorees will air October 12.

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Read New Initiative Strives to Increase Safety and Community Trust

New Initiative Strives to Advance Equity and Increase Safety and Community Trust

Learn how the Foundation and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office are partnering to establish policy change around non-public-safety traffic stops.

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