Calling all Madisonians who build community and local economy, connect with their land and achieve self-empowerment who make this city and bioregion a special place . . .
A major participatory series of aesthetic self-documentation grows at an artisanal pace, titled:
The Faces of Madtown
A Portrait-Story Project of The City of Four Lakes
more simply knowable as The Madison Portrait-Stories.
Given the ubiquity of invitation, Portrait-Story subjects include themselves as the protagonists upon the stages they draft; more simply, you write rough draft(s), choose to get “portraited” then write on the portrait of yourself—thus occurs a Portrait-Story.
To become a writer of Portrait-Stories one must contact the drawer-painter of Portrait-Stories face-to-face as he pedals the MadCity Isthmus and vicinity, his portable “studio” in tow, or e-mail email@example.com
E-mails not clearly expressing intent to embody The Portrait-Story Project likely won't get answered.
Those who consider writing Portrait-Stories are presented with hardcopy of The Mission Statement of The Portrait-Story Project, Guidelines for Writing, and a Title of Approval which explains the status of the end result as intellectual commonwealth, to exhibit publically and potentially to proliferate wildly.
To read our Mission Statement: portraitstoryproject.org
To glimpse the broadness:
- Voices for Appalachia Portrait-Story Project
- Mountain Justice: Voices for Appalachia
- United Mountain Defense: Outreach and Education
- Post-Katrina Portrait Stories
- Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Collecting and Preserving the Stories of Katrina and Rita
Reviews and other links:
- Censored News: Katrina's Apartheid: Portraits and hand-penned stories
- Pacifica Student Info » Blog Archive » Fieldwork I – Post Katrina Portrait Story Project
- Portrait Story Project Highlights Ties To Appalachia « Appalachian Voices
- Land Use > Current Land Use on Coal River Mountain ::: Journey Up Coal River
The fine art hardback The Post-Katrina Portraits: Written and Narrated by Hundreds has also been sprinkled around Madtown as an outreach tool. If in Madtown, you can find it quickly, ask around the “information dirt road”.
Non-Portrait-Story work by the Portrait-Story artist:
- The Creator: “Post-Katrina Portraits” and other work by Francesco di Santis
- Francesco di Santis | Austin Art + Music Partnership
Thank you to the Madison Community Co-operative for hosting the artist of Portrait-Stories.
And to all who have donated art supplies, too many wonderful people, many met too randomly, to have kept track of or name.