To date we’ve recorded over 230 life stories of immigrants coming from 95 different countries. Our storytellers are first generation immigrants who have moved to the US during their life time and have lived in the US a minimum of 2 years. All immigrants that decided to share their story with GCV are asked six open-ended questions. In addition, they are asked to share personal photos of their life in the country of birth and in the US. The video narratives are edited down to 5 minute videos filled with personal photographs, intro, outro, captions, logo and background music. We share these video stories on our website www.greencardvoices.org and Green Card Voices YouTube Channel. If you would like to share your story send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your time in the recording studio. Our regular recording studio is located at the INTERMEDIA ARTS, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408. On occasion, a different venue is used.
If you’ld like to partner with us to record stories of first generation immigrants that are your employees, alumni, clients or neighbours – contact us! To date we have partnered with nonprofit organizations (International Institute of Minnesota, Upwardly Global, Swedish American Institute), corporations (MN Twins), government etities (Willmar Vision 2040), universities (Macalester College) and schools (Wellstone International High School, Fargo South High School). You can view the GCV documentary produced for Macalester College: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPSviyBjE3Q.
In 2013, Green Card Voices produced the touring photo exhibit “Immigrants Telling Their Life Stories” as part of its mission to share immigrant stories with as many people possible. The exhibit featuring 20 Twin Cities’ immigrants has traveled to over 35 locations (see below) throughout Minnesota and has since evolved to meet high demand.
It includes portraits of immigrants, their 200-word bio, a quote and a QR code (viewers can scan them with iphone/ipad and watch the first-person video story). The videos are a novel way to engage with the audience and has been received with positive reviews.
In the past year Green Card Voices produced four distinct exhibits in collaboration with our local partners:
|TWIN CITIES EXHIBIT (managed by GCV)|
|St. Cloud State University||St. Cloud, MN||Feb 1-28, 2017|
|Waconia High School||Waconia, MN||Mar 13- Apr 13, 2017|
|University of Wisconsin River Falls||UWRF English Language Transition Program|
213 Kleinpell Fine Arts, River Falls, WI
|Apr 13-29, 2017|
|The Rochester International Association World Festival 2017||Mayo High School in Rochester, MN||Apr 29, 10am - 4pm|
|Carleton College and St. Olaf College||Northfield, MN||Apr 29 - May 6, 2017|
|Hale school||Minneapolis, MN||May 11, 2017|
|Festival of Nations||Riverview, St. Paul, MN||May 4-7, 2017|
|AILA Conference||Minneapolis, MN||May 19, 2017|
|Minneapolis Parks and Board, The Minneapolis International Festival||Minneapolis, MN||May 20, 2017|
|Ramsey County Library - ROSEVILLE||2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville, MN 55113||Jun 1-30, 2017|
|Ramsey County Library - MAPLEWOOD||3025 Southlawn DrivE, Maplewood, MN 55109||Jul 1-31, 2017|
|Ramsey County Library -SHOREVIEW||4560 North Victoria Street|
Shoreview, MN 55126
|Aug 1-31, 2017|
|Minneapolis Government Center||300 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN||Sept 1- Oct 30, 2017|
|Hennepin Technical College||Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie Campus||Nov 1- 30, 2017|
|GREEN CARD YOUTH VOICES EXHIBIT (managed by GCV)|
|Edison High School||700 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN||Oct 3 - Nov 1, 2016|
|South High School||3131 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55407||Dec 2 - 16, 2016|
|Roosevelt High School||4029 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406||Feb 16-27, 2017|
|Washburn High School||201 West 49th St. , Minneapolis, MN 55419||Mar 1-31, 2017|
|Southwest High School||3414 West 47th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410||Apr 10 - May 1, 2017|
|St. Catherine University||2004 Randolph Avenue |
St. Paul, MN 55105
|May 1, 2017|
|Festival of Nations||RiverCentre, St. Paul MN||May 4-7, 2017|
|North High School||1500 James Ave. North Minneapolis, MN 55411||May 15-19, 2017|
|Minnesota Library Association conference "Radical Librarianship"||Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN||Oct 5-6, 2017|
|CENTRAL MINNESOTA EXHIBIT (managed by #unitecloud)|
|Conversation on Race||St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center,|
10 4th Ave S, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301
|Oct. 18 at 7:30-10:30 AM|
In the coming weeks Tea Rozman Clark, the Executive Director of Green Card Voices will be speaking at several Conferences and educational Fairs and promote the new Teaching Guide at various locations.
|UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCES, BOOK READINGS and FAIRS|
|Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)||St. Olaf, Northfiled, MN||May 6, 2017||Tea Rozman Clark presentation|
|Welcoming Interactive||Atlanta, GA||April 19-21, 2017||Tea Rozman Clark presentation, Table|
|MN Council for the Social Studies Conf.: "Inspiring Local Learners in a Global Community"||Mankato, MN||February 26-27, 2017||Tea Rozman Clark presentation, Table|
|Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) Leadership Days||St. Cloud, MN||Feb 16-17, 2017||Tea Rozman Clark speaker (2/17 from 9:45-10:45 am)|
|American Swedish Institute||A Night of Social Wonder: Under Told Stories||Jan 20, 2017||Tea Rozman Clark panelist|
|Loft Literary Center||Performance Hall at Open Book: Big Ideas||Dec 6 2016||Tea Rozman Clark panelist|
Green Card Voices offers workshops that help enhance cultural competency around the immigration in Minnesota and beyond.
Titles include: Immigrant Storytelling, The Power of Immigrant Storytelling, Using Personal Narratives to Transform Community Perspective, etc.
In addition to workshops, we are happy to speak at your events, conferences, and panel discussions to teach about topics related to immigration, changing face of America, stereotypes, etc. We primarily serve educators (professional development conferences), government workers (Hennepin County), corporations (MN Twins), religious groups (Sisters of St. Joseph) and students (St. Paul College, Macalester College).
Our speciality are moderated panel discussions comprised of four diverse first generation immigrants usually in combination with our exhibitions.
Spread the Word
If one of the stories has touched you – we want to know! If a story taught you something new – tell us about it! If you showed GCV videos in your classroom, community group or to your family or friends – we want to hear it! Oral histories provide a rich collection of immigrant voices and experiences. We encourage you to share what you’ve learned and how the stories impacted you.
Contribute your thoughts and comments on GCV videos on YouTube. Exchanging opinions about immigration and commonly held myths stimulates us to grapple with different cultural issues in a respectful, thoughtful, and productive way.
Host a Taping Session
Want to help us record more stories? Then volunteer to have a one day filming at your place! We are currently looking for new locations across the country to film new stories and need a space large enough for our set and equipment. There are a total of three people in the crew – project manager/interviewer, photographer/videographer and make-up artist. We tape three stories over the course of one day while at your place. Here are a few of our production requirements: provide a well-lit, spacious comfortable living-room area large enough for our set and equipment.
Volunteers are a crucial part of our organization. Working as one team, we combine skills and experiences to create positive change. Offer your skills and experience to help enhanced our organizations cause. We are currently looking for: video editors, graphic designers, writers, teachers, web professionals, and event assistants.
Many wonderful students from St. Olaf College, University of Minnesota, Macalester College, University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Art Institutes International MN have been working with us over the years. We offer year round internships on semester basis. Please check out our internship opportunities for a videographer, video editor, program associate and graphic designer & social media specialist.
Share Your Story
We are touring the country looking for compelling stories to tell about immigrants from all walks of life. If you are interested in sharing your story through our website, please introduce yourself to us so we may contact you about upcoming opportunities.