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Black Art Story 2020 presents “As Told” / “We Live Here”

February 22 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Black Artstory month 2020  salutes Fort Greene and Clinton Hill African-American artists and activists that creatively and courageously wielded their words in pursuit of a higher cause through the SOME WORDS festival. Programs will be held for all ages, from art installations to oral history shares/collections…

Some Words presents “As Told” / “We Live Here”

On February 22nd from 2pm-4pm, neighborhood elders provide a different kind of history lesson by discussing their contributions to the community in these two published collections of local histories – As Told and We Live Here. This panel will be facilitated by Asea Thompson, and functions as part of BRIC’s Stoop Share program. This discussion will be held at BRIC Media arts on 647 Fulton Street.

As Told: Brooklyn Histories (The Felt, 2019)


How much of what was lingers below and beyond the present moment and its structures is no longer visible, but nonetheless continues to exist in the memories of many older denizens? What is it like to carry 30, 40, 60+ years of local living experience? To survive the good and bad times? To have an intensely personal attachment to street-corners, shops, and blocks, and to watch them dissolve and reassemble anew—over and over again?

This is a collection of notes, memories, stories, poems, and photographs meant to give readable texture to the experiences of some of Pratt campus’ older neighbors. Developed through 10 months of group writing workshops, this book is a testament to the featured women’s past, presence, and future, their lives in this neighborhood.

To make a donation and receive a copy of the book, email info@astold.org.


Edna H. Grant
Marilyn Findlay
Yvonne Bodrick
Isabella Lee
Francis Scott
Seretha Winfield-Alexander
Yvonne Hall

(In memoriam ) Darrell Robinson

Editors: Maria G. Baker, Luke Degnan, Aarushi Agni
Photography: Samuel Herrera

Typesetting & Cover Design: HR Hegnauer

The book collections have been made possible with support from the Graduate Student Engagement Fund of Pratt Institute. Our community partner is the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership.


“Brooklyn ‘As Told’ By Its Seniors: New Book Tells Story Of Change” – Patch.com

“Local Seniors Share Their Stories and Neighborhood History in Pratt Oral Histories Project” – Pratt News

Thank You to Our Supporters

Thank you to BRIC for hosting us through Stoop Series. This program has been funded in part from the grant from the CABS Community Foundation, an advised fund of the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Elders Fund. Thank you to the Brooklyn Community Foundation for supporting our work to connect the elders of our neighborhood to co-create a shared vision for our community.

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February 22
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647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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