Emmy-winning Cincy Stories turns lens on West End

A unique community impact storytelling project is under way in the West End and seeks support to enable it to sustain a year-long engagement. Emmy Award-winning videography storytelling team Shawn Braley and Chris Ashwell are co-founders of Cincy Stories. The duo has parlayed civic journalism into a full-time professional focus on documenting and sharing stories in an effort to connect communities through storytelling. Working in Avondale, Price Hill and Walnut Hills over the past several years, Cincy Stories has produced hundreds of short documentaries highlighting local individuals.

The Port supports Cincy Stories’ vision of building community through conversation and creative place-making, and recently helped the pair create a fundraising story book for their West End engagement. The Port, a public finance partner of FC Cincinnati Stadium project and development partner to the West End neighborhood, has focused for the past year on inclusive redevelopment that does not displace, substantially through a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses in 2018.

Please take a look at Cincy Stories, and share it with friends who want to take part in the West End’s future.

The Port plans to share more about the West End Cincy Stories engagement at an upcoming public meeting where we announce the findings of a West End housing study with Seven Hills.