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Digital Storytelling

From its inception, BAVC has championed storytelling as a powerful way to create social change. As technologies change, it is the stories that remain at the heart of our mission.

We believe that in the process of articulating and crafting one’s own story, individuals develop vital critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills that serve as a foundation for personal transformation and healing. We also believe that telling stories can inspire maker and audience alike to take positive action within their own families and the community at-large. And stories can be powerful advocacy tools for systems level changes in the community, often clearly showing how various interpersonal, social, economic and political factors shape our lives.  

Featured Project

Here | Now

The following digital stories grew out of a 14 week collaboration between men in Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP), majors in the USF Performing Arts and Social Justice Department and the Bay Area Video Coalition - SF Stories. The class was an opportunity to develop and create personal artistic expressions, using one’s own voice and style in music, movement, writing, theater and visual images. Support provided by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Past Projects See all

SF Stories: A shared experience

SF Stories: A Shared Experience

SF Stories is a unique series of digital storytelling workshops aimed at increasing low-income individuals' access to and engagement with digital media arts so that they can create, tell and distribute their own stories. Supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation’s Exploring Engagement Fund, SF Stories engages a broad audience by using a variety of platforms including public access television, exhibitions in non-traditional spaces, and web-hosted video.


Veterans Digital Storytelling Project

Veterans Digital Storytelling Project

SF Commons and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center partnered to develop digital storytelling workshops for local veterans with a focus on mental health recovery. 


Still from Abriendo las Cajas
Abriendo las Cajas (Opening Boxes)

This multimedia campaign addresses systemic violence in East Oakland's Fruitvale community through the power of digital storytelling.


Nonprofit Institute for New Media Applications

Nonprofit Institute for New Media Applications

With generous support from ZeroDivide and industry partners, BAVC hosted a new media institute in 2008 designed specifically to connect Bay Area nonprofit organizations to emerging digital media technologies.