Departures StoryShare: Venice

Departures: Venice StoryShare
Sunday, September 12
11:00 - 5:00
SPARC (685 Venice Blvd.) - Learn more about SPARC

Presented by KCET Television
In partnership with SPARC, 826LA, Venice Arts, Venice Media District and Venice Historical Society

Departures StoryShare is a one-day community event aimed at capturing the stories of individuals from a neighborhood.  These stories are intended to fill the in-between space of the professional, hand-picked interviews that are featured in each Departures installment, and to add to the authenticity of the neighborhood's story. Each event is produced by KCET and a host of community partners from the neighborhood.

Stories will be recorded primarily in audio.  We welcome you to bring your photos with you to the event and we'll help you scan them in to make a slideshow of your story.

A team of volunteers from KCET and our partners will guide you through the process from entry at the event to your interview to where to find your story when it's finished.  We'll walk you through the Departures project, help you think of some things to talk about in your interview (if you need it) and then help you record your story.  We'll allow around 30 minutes for you to get settled in the interview booth and then record your story.  You can record several stories if you'd like, but we will try to keep each one around 3-5 minutes.

Once recorded, your story will be edited and archived on the KCET Departures Community website.


  • What defines Venice for you?
  • How would you memorialize your neighborhood?
  • If you had only one wish for Venice, what would it be?
  • How much of where you live defines you?
  • How did you end up in Venice?
  • If you could change something about your neighborhood, what would it be?
  • What histories do you remember?
  • What stories do you have to tell?
  • What things MUST you do/eat/see in Venice?
  • What should you NOT do in Venice?
  • What does Venice feel like / smell like?
  • What are you most proud of in your neighborhood?
  • What is your earliest memory of Venice?

You can upload your own stories any time using our upload tool here.


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I think this is a great idea. Especially important is that the interview will be saved and archived, which means it will be reviewed along with the other materials when someone wants to attempt a 'contemporary' history of Venice. By contemporary I mean materials from the Post World War II era (1945-Present) because the initial era (Origins to 1945) does not lend itself to oral history. There have been several attempts in the past to establish an oral history program/project for Venice. Some oral history interviews are to be found at the Venice Archives, Special Collections, California State University Long Beach, while others are housed with the Venice Historical Society. Everyone interested in Venice's past of course dreams of an historical archive situated in Venice proper and available to people here. An on line version is the next best thing and so I welcome the initiative of KCET Departures, Juan Davis, and Jill Prestup of VHS and wish them great success with this venture. My one concern is with the format. story telling of this type, with this list of questions, does not easily lend itself to the creation of historical narratives of a more objective kind, but rather focuses the interested novice or researcher on personal stories rather than on more illuminating political social, and or cultural topics which could be monographed and which alone can lead to more serious discussion of this fabled community's historical past.


Hi Arnold - we agree that there different entry points to the history of a place and of Venice in this case.

Departures has three areas where the viewer can experince and learn about Venice - in the Departures main site, historians, activists, and culture setters have been interviewed by KCET producers. In our Youth Area, a new generation of local residents gets to excavate the history and relevance of their neighborhood.
And with events such as StoryShare we invite people from all walks of life to create a collective narrative of a place. These three different perspectives allow for a more participatory understanding of a place and its history. However, if there are ways in which we can create and continue to interview people that may create a more objective understanding of the area, let's do it.... do you have any suggestions?