Your community is full of stories, and you are the person to tell them.

Welcome to the launch of The Genesis Collective Media Institute! We are looking for people who want to tell stories of their communities through art and media (film, photography, podcasting, radio storytelling, painting). What do you want to celebrate in your town or city? What is a problem that should be addressed? What do people not know but you wish they did? Who are the people who should be highlighted, celebrated, or helped?

We strive to

  • Honor our subjects and their stories
  • Honor our communities through our work
  • Continue to grow in appreciation for our neighbors, our medium, and our art
  • Empower local voices to speak on their own behalf
  • Equip storytellers with marketable skills


Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.

Sue Monk Kidd

Tell Your Story

At TGCMI, you will be the storyteller as you work to complete and exhibit your piece. You will create and learn, over a period of eight weeks, best practices in storytelling, loving your subject through art, and receive technical training and mentorship with an artist in your field. Your instructors are experts in their fields, and we all have a lot to learn from each other!

Whether you are new to the craft and have no equipment, or have been producing artistic storytelling for years, we invite you to apply to be part of the first cohort, beginning in September 2022.

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Apply to The Genesis Collective Media Institute!

We want to get to know you and your idea. Whether you have years of experience as a storyteller or technician, or if you have an idea and want to learn how to make art around it, apply here!

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Melissa Rhines

Broken In2 Beautiful

Shawnta Reed

Faith over Fear: Trigger Warning

Angela Brown

PROMISE LAND: Cold Pressed

Kevin Harris

Journey out of Darkness

Daniel Fox

I Found the River

Meet our storytellers

Do you want to know more? Come to one of four informational sessions. We are meeting online and in three different communities. Bring your friends!