Stories are incredibly powerful tools for healing and making connections. Right now, so many of us need both.

We’re putting the tools and opportunities for making, editing and sharing multimedia stories about important issues in the hands of the experts: the people who experience those issues directly. We’re starting with true stories about how our lives have been impacted by the pandemic here in Tucson, AZ.

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  • “Breeze”

    This story is about a specific moment in Geo’s life during the pandemic which completely changed the direction of her life. The pandemic was a space to sing to death, to the internal deaths, to those who died from COVID and… the death of a close relative… Singing to death to hear life.

  • “Never Give Up Hope”

    A story about how dedicated NAMI volunteers worked hard to keep Southern Arizona family mental health support groups running during COVID-19 shutdowns.

  • “Reconnecting”

    This video is about my experience of being so far from my nuclear family in Peru and the big changes in my job as a teacher in 2020 It also narrates how being isolated affected my life during Covid 19.

  • “Peculiar Travel Suggestions”

    I’ve learned that unexpected or seemingly strange experiences can offer valuable lessons and insights, much like the way dancing lessons can teach us new movements and perspectives.

  • “New Employee”

    Lucky’s boss asks him to find more workers to apply for a job. The job is good, but finding new employees is hard.

  • “Keep Going”

    This is a story about hope, resilience and belonging.

  • “My Promise”

    In my role as a first responder and my life as a husband, father, and son, it’s my job to care for others. During the pandemic, my stress levels rose dramatically. I wasn’t caring for myself resulting in a medical condition that left me unable to work or drive.

  • “The Santa Cruz River Path – My Balance”

    A story about how Mother Earth helped me with my balance along the Santa Cruz River path.

  • “Celebrating Life and Serving Others”

    This is about the beauty of serving others with wonderful people, parents, family and students.

  • “Alone”

    A Story about a family dealing with Covid without knowing the ending.

  • “Letting Go”

    A Story about readjusting priorities and purpose and appreciating life, despite unexpected change.

  • “Writing a New Story…”

    This story is about the wakeup call of Covid – so many of us confronted the fragility of life like never before, and then made huge transitions in our lives having re-evaluated what is most important.

  • “Behind Closed Doors”

    A story is about the process of learning empathy and understanding regardless of personal experiences.

  • “Hate: A Side Effect of COVID-19”

    A Story about Elena’s personal experience as an Asian American facing hate during Covid.

  • “As the World Cracked”

    A food business goes under yet finds a resilient way to adapt.

  • “Panic, Panic, Panic”

    Learning through Covid and how this affected my job, schooling, and family life.

  • “Virtual”

    A college instructor’s journey converting in-person chemistry classes to virtual instruction during the covid pandemic. The story discusses some of the challenges and opportunities of virtual classroom instruction during the covid pandemic.

  • “Soñador”

    Soñador is a story about an immigrant family experience during the pandemic of 2020. This story begins with 2 parents who have a dream of giving their children a better future. Then the dream of a first generation college student to graduate from university is accomplished in the middle of a global crisis.

  • “My Mother, Myself”

    How covid and my mother’s dementia affected our relationship and our lives.

  • “Home”

    Rhiannon’s story of finding housing security during the instability of covid.

  • “Growing up”

    A story about graduating high school in May 2020, struggling with health anxiety, depression, and finding and using gardens to cope, heal, and grow.

  • “Art Heals”

    Cut off from her regular outlets for creativity and communication, an artist finds new ways to express her experiences and feelings during covid.

  • “The Real Voyage”

    This is a story of how the onset of the Covid Pandemic affected my plans to start a new business; a business that was one of the first businesses to be affected by the new global virus. And how, as the world shut down, the real voyage of discovery was within my local landscapes. I was seeing it with new eyes.

  • “I Don’t Want to Break it!”

    This is a story about overcoming struggles with technology and mental health during Covid. It highlights the importance of digital literacy equity.

  • “Call to Action”

    This story is about my grief for many losses, but mainly my brother’s loss and how I decided to make it a call to action.

  • “Silence and Light”

    The early days of the pandemic were so disorienting. Beyond the noise of news – the nightly crescendo of fear and suffering – a silence emerged. A quiet filled at first with discomfort that eventually changed to appreciation. Gratitude. And loss.

  • “Unexpected Loss”

    This story is about how our lives changed due to the Covid Pandemic. It’s about people who were healthy before Coronavirus and died when their family members didn’t expect it.It’s about the sadness and grief that family members and friends suffered for not being able to be with their loved ones during the last days of their lives because of COVID restrictions.

  • “Sueños, Planes y Realidad”

    Es una breve sintesis de algunas experiencias vividas durante la pandemia, sobre planes que no pudieran concretarse por la llegada del virus y relatos de algunas actividades que me ayudaron en esos momentos.

  • “Pandemic Rhythm”

    This story is about making new rhythms and identities, seeking helpers and habits, and finding home by processing loss and dreams during the pandemic.

  • “347 Days/347 Dias”

    After a hard loss of my mom’s mom (my grandma) Covid 19 gave me the opportunity to heal and share quality time with my mom. Después de la inesperada muerte de la mamá de mi mamá (mi abuelita), Covid 19 me dio la oportunidad de sanar y de compartir tiempo de calidad con mi mamá.

  • “Determination”

    How the Covid 19 pandemic affected my family and I, and the good things that came out of it.

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