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Sunday, June 24


Special Workshop: Vanguard Storytelling

Design. Writing. Filmmaking. Journalism. Media. Regardless the medium, your work must be rooted in the story you tell.

Maybe it’s the story of your organization. Maybe it’s the story of those impacted by a specific issue. Maybe it’s your personal story. During this interactive workshop, participants will develop a strategy and improve their new ability to use storytelling to highlight the importance of the issues at the center of whatever their work may be.

Full disclosure: this is NOT a workshop for the bystander. Be prepared to get to know the fellow members of the workshop and get to know yourself, as Vanguard Communication's Leah Holmes-Bonilla engages participants to elevate awareness, build relationships and trust, and create a lasting impression. Whether you are communicating with your audience, your funders, the media or your organization, the Storytelling Workshop will foster the skills to get your story told effectively.

Space is limited — please RSVP. Can't join us? Follow us on Twitter at @vancomm #plpr #bedmedfest.


Sunday June 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm
Affinity Lab 920 U St Washington, DC 20001


Networking Lounge

A welcoming space for in-person projects, pitches and opportunities related to storytelling and design for good.


Special presentations throughout the day.


Free and open to the public

Complimentary snacks and drinks


Hosted by: Affinity Lab

Food by: Honest Tea / KIND / Food Should Taste Good


Sunday June 24, 2012 11:00am - 2:00pm
Affinity Lab 920 U St Washington, DC 20001


Special Workshop: Creating High-Level Strategy and More Engaging Content

Greg Roth of Percy Group Communications will lead a communications workshop on creating high-level strategy and more engaging content for nonprofits, associations, businesses, foundations, and product or issue campaigns.


Sunday June 24, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Affinity Lab 920 U St Washington, DC 20001


Cycle-In Cinema

Join us on a group bicycle ride to different community gardens in D.C., with everyone convening at a community film screening and discussion of a feature-length documentary, "A Community of Gardeners," which promotes urban sustainability and green spaces, with a chance for film-goers to drink, eat and socialize afterwards.


GROUP CYCLE RIDE (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) - FREE

Meet up at City Bikes' Adams Morgan location (2501 Champlain St. NW) at 1:00 p.m. Soon aftewards, we will head out for a chance to see Wangari Gardens, a great new city garden in the shadow of the Children's Medical Center. From there we will meander across town to visit the new terraced garden at Brainfood and then to the Fridge Gallery. Following the screening and social hour, head over to City Bikes' Capitol Hill location (709 8th St. SE) for snacks and swag. If you have any questions please email ben@citybikes.com. The group ride is free and open to the public.


To guarantee your seat at the screening, be sure to also purchase tickets for $5.


Scoutmob presents: FILM SCREENING + DISCUSSION (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) + SOCIAL HOUR (4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)  - $5

Buy your tix online: https://secure.scoutmob.com/washington-dc/hand-picked/cycle-in

The feature-length documentary, "A Community of Gardeners," explores the vital role of seven community gardens in Washington, D.C. as sources of fresh, nutritious food, outdoor classrooms, places of healing, links to immigrants' homelands, centers of social interaction and oases of beauty and calm in inner-city neighborhoods.  The film also traces the history of community gardens in the United States, from the potato patch farms of the late 19th century, to the victory gardens of World War II, to community gardening's current renaissance.


Before the screening, we will premiere, "Planting Community: The Story of Wangari Gardens," a five-minute documentary produced by Still Life Projects that tells the story of Josh Singer and his determination to reclaim an abandoned piece of land in DC's Park View neighborhood. The hurdles he faces along the way cause months of setbacks, but his vision of a community garden grows into something beyond what he even imagined.


The screenings will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Cintia Cabib, Josh Singer of Wangari Gardens, Kate Lee of the Brainfood Youth Garden, and Ryan Hill of Still Life Projects.


Stick around for a social hour, with complimentary drinks and treats.


Tickets for the film screening + discussion + social hour are $5 - on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so purchase your tix now!


Buy your tix online: https://secure.scoutmob.com/washington-dc/hand-picked/cycle-in



Cintia Cabib

Cintia Cabib is an award-winning producer, videographer and editor specializing in educational and informational videos and documentaries. Cintia’s programs have been shown on cable television and on PBS affiliates. Her videos have been purchased by non-profit organizations, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. Among the diverse topics that Cintia’s videos have covered are health issues affecting African Americans, a vocational... Read More →

Sunday June 24, 2012 1:00pm - 6:00pm
The Fridge 516 8th Street SE Rear alley, Washington, DC 20003


A Storytelling Journey of Immigration, Migration and Home

Every person has a story, and every person has experienced a journey—whether it has been an immigration journey across continents, or a story of migrating from one neighborhood to a neighborhood across town.


Join IMPACT Silver Spring, a community development organization, and Gandhi Brigade, a youth media and youth organizing non-profit, in this interactive workshop. Inspired by an event hosted by the Smithsonian, IMPACT Silver Spring, Gandhi Brigade, and community members in Silver Spring have been meeting regularly for the past 6 months to share stories and have conversations about immigration and migration. We would like to bring this experience to you through a workshop where each participant will become a storyteller, while also participating in a dialogue about immigration, migration, and home, and what these ideas mean to us personally and as a larger society.


The second part of storytelling is keeping the story alive. For those that choose to, we will also provide a mobile recording booth where participants can record their stories through video or audio.


$10 suggested donation


Sunday June 24, 2012 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Bloombars 3222 11th St NW, Washington, DC, 20010


Please Don't Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence

Adam Ruben presents "Please Don't Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence," a one-hour solo show that features true stories about embarrassment suffered during adolescence, including a fourth-grade class election gone awry, a stuffed animal smuggled into summer camp, and a relay race during Fifth Grade Field Day that was never meant to be. The stories are interspersed with readings from readings from old diaries, video clips, and a manifesto of self-pity written while sitting at home dateless during tenth-grade Homecoming.


The show, which is primarily a comedy, aims to address bullying in a realistic fashion. It concludes with a discussion of the flaws in the anti-bullying advice often given by well-meaning teachers and parents and an exploration of the show's central issue: If "Be yourself" is such good advice for kids, why doesn't it work?


This show debuted at the Capital Fringe Festival in 2011 and has since been performed at the Fringe Wilmington Festival, Fringe Unhinged, Concord High School (Wilmington, DE), and The Potomac School (Mclean, VA), with upcoming performances scheduled at Celebration Barn Theater (South Paris, ME), the Islesboro Community Center (Islesboro, ME), and several DC public schools and after-school programs.


$5 online pre-sale

$8 at the door

Learn more: http://adamruben.net/please-dont-beat-me-up/


Becky Lee, executive director and founder of Becky's Fund, will join the discussion to share her organization's efforts to prevent domestic violence and bullying through the creative arts.


Becky Lee

Becky Lee is the Executive Director of Becky's Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on education and prevention of domestic and dating violence in Washington, D.C. Becky’s Fund strives to use its diverse programs to directly address the many issues surrounding domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence College Tour has visited over 35 campuses nationwide to spread awareness to the age group (16-24) with the highest prevalence rate. The... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2012 7:30pm - 9:00pm
DC Arts Center 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009