Our goal is to bring a Mass Story Lab to 20 U.S cities by 2018. We're on our way.


New Orleans, LA

Mass Story: New Orleans

Cafe Reconcile 

1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd


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Families Rising In The Face of Incarceration

A staggering 2. 7 Million children have a parent in prison. The deep consequences of incarceration on our communities begin with the family, often having long-lasting effects on our children. The costs of a parent’s incarceration are emotional as much as they are economic, and can no longer be ignored. It’s time that we listen to their stories.

Indianapolis, IN


Mass Story: Indianapolis

Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library

40 East St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN


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What are the challenges of your re-entry? What is the role of families in successful re-entry? What is the role of community organizations? What are the unique needs of people coping with mental illness or substance addiction when they come home from prison? Community based organizations come together with family members and clergy to map the resources available and share stories about the intersectional challenges of re-entry and recovery. 


Miami, FL

University of Miami

Wesley Foundation Building 1210 Standford drive, coral Gables, Fl 

2.4.17 2-5pm

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The Krome Processing Center opened in 1980 to house the more than 100,000 migrants who arrived in the U.S from Haiti and Cuba. In this Mass Story Lab, we hear the stories of people detained Krome over the last 35 years and others impacted by incarceration in Florida. How does the experience of detention impact a sense of community and belonging in Miami? In the era of Trump, what can we all do to protect those seeking sanctuary in the U.S? Hosted in conjunction with, "States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue on Local Histories"

Sponsored by University of Miami Office of Civic and Community Engagement and Humanities Action Lab. 

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New York, NY

Mass Story: Rikers Island

Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, The New School


How do we close Rikers Island and build stronger communities?  Hosted in partnership with JustleadershipUSA and Humanities Action Lab. 

To learn more about the JustleadershipUSA's efforts to #CloseRikers visit www.closerikers.org

Featured Storytellers: Khalil Cumberbatch, Xena Grandichelli, Vidal Guzman, Darren Mack, Anna Pastoressa, Johnny Perez


Austin, TX

Mass Story: The Texas incarceration maze

Goldsmith Hall, UT Austin


What are the intersections of mass incarceration and mass detention? Our Austin lab was a multi-lingual sharing of stories of people who have experienced Texas Incarceration Maze.  

Partnership with Humanities Action Lab's "States of Incarceration" exhibit, Grassroots Leadership, and the Austin/Travis County Re-Entry Roundtable.

Featured Storytellers: Deivi Cruz, Lewis Conway, Sulma Franco, Karen Keith, and Sylvia Rodriguez Zuvieta, Reggie Smith

Learn more about States of Incarceration exhibit at www.statesofincarceration.org

This system is cruel, corrupt, and often inhumane. If we don’t speak, if we don’t share the stories, no one will ever know what is going on.
— Karen Keith, Austin Storyteller


Greensboro, NC

Mass Story: Greensboro

International Civil Rights Center and Museum, UNC Greensboro


Students from UNCG are bringing Mass Story Lab to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum to promote empathy, healing, reform, and justice.

I think that stories are very useful because you’re hearing a part of their life, you’re hearing their pain, you’re hearing their struggle. Someone hears a story and that sparks a transformation for the justice system.
— Willie Pettiford, Greensboro Storyteller