Conversations with Al McFarlane will feature the creators and the program participants of the multimedia project Voices from ReCASTon Tuesday, September 22 at 1 pm, broadcast live on KFAI. McFarlane Media and Insight News are project partner-collaborators.
The Resilience in Communities After Stress & Trauma (ReCAST) Minneapolis program is funded through a multi-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ReCAST Minneapolis is intended to assist high-risk youth and families to promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through the implementation of evidence-based violence prevention and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. SAMHSA created the ReCAST program to support communities that have lived through demonstrations of mass protests in response to police-involved shootings of unarmed African-American males.
The ReCAST Minneapolis program is a citywide initiative focusing on the nineteen neighborhoods in North, South and Cedar-Riverside areas. While the qualifying event that enabled the City of Minneapolis to apply for the grant was rooted in North Minneapolis, the need to address community trauma and resiliency is necessary in all areas of Minneapolis.
Artwork for the project was provided by Juxtaposition Arts. Juxtaposition Arts envisions the youth of North Minneapolis entering the creative workforce as dynamic innovators and problem solvers with the confidence, skills, and connections they need to accomplish their educational and professional goals, and to contribute to the revitalization of the communities where they live and work.
The Urban Broadcast Association of America (UBAA) and Dynasty Television, the marketing liaison to the UBAA, provided content – print, audio, and video – as partner-collaborators.
The project currently has 30 interviews hosted on the Voices from ReCAST site. Each interviewee shares a personal narrative on living and working in North Minneapolis. The interviews are a part of The Northside Oral History Project, which centers on the stories of residents who have lived in the Penn/Plymouth area for decades. Their stories of resistance and resilience have made the community what it is.
The purpose of this project is to bring residents and City staff together to create asset based systems change.
Conversations with Al McFarlane with Voices from ReCAST will air on Tuesday, September 22, 1 pm on KFAI Radio, and stream live from the KFAI Facebook page as well as the Insight News Facebook page.