The Raitt Street Chronicles for Sounding Out!
The Santa Ana Public Library partnered with Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center and the Studio for Southern California History to train teens to collect oral histories from the Townsend/Raitt neighborhood. Project mentors trained youth participants to collect, archive, and share the underreported stories of survival from one the nation’s most at-risk communities. Over the course of 12 months the participants recorded video interviews with survivors of violence. Community impactful projects like this are made possible through the generous support of foundations, corporate sponsorships, and the generosity of individuals who believe in the mission and purpose of such collaborative efforts.
Thanks to Cheryl Eberly, Kevin Cabrera, Jackie Edrada, Manny Escamilla, Ana Rosas, Jules Rochielle & John Spiak. This section of the Raitt Street Chronicles was lead by Michelle Alexandra Lopez and Gabrielle Garcia, with Sharon Sekhon as history consultant. Santa Ana youth from the Raitt/Townsend neighborhood helped the Studio collect neighborhood essays that were compiled into a collective "soundscape" for Sounding Out!, a weekly online publication, a networked academic archive, and a dynamic group platform bringing together sound studies scholars, sound artists and professionals, and readers interested in the cultural politics of sound and listening. Special thanks to Aaron Trammell and Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman for inviting us to share Santa Ana sounds. The project's Introduction by Manny Escamilla (who was interviewed by Kevin Cabrera) and the Soundscape we prepared are available with connections to individual assets through this website.
This Studio for Southern California History collaboration with the Santa Ana Public Library has been fortunate to receive support from a Cal Humanities 2013 Community Stories grant. This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the NEH.