Generations of students have spent time at Hart House learning new skills, meeting new people and creating new memories—almost a hundred years’ worth of them.
Oh, if these walls could talk! What stories would they tell? Stories of newfound passions and hard-won triumphs. Stories of discovery and self-revelation. Stories of first time loves and romances that last a lifetime.
Hart House has long been the keeper of some of our most important experiences. And every year, students are living new stories that will become treasured memories. Stories help shape our experience, make us who we are and connect us with each other. We want to hear your stories!
From the spring of 2019 until the spring of 2020, Hart House will mark our 100-year anniversary with a rich program built around Hart House’s priority areas of arts, dialogue and wellness. As this milestone approaches, we are reaching out to students, alumni, faculty and friends to share your stories with us. Tell us of your experiences and best memories. Share with us what Hart House has meant to you and how it has been a part of your life. Your stories will form a core element in our celebrations.
Some of your stories will be chosen to highlight an anniversary book or be part of an audio soundscape project. We invite you to join us in person to see and hear some of the stories and enjoy a full year of activities as we remember the past, celebrate the present and envision the future!
Submit your stories by calling 416.978.9999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that Hart House cannot guarantee that all stories or submissions will be used. Moreover, Hart House reserves the right to select elements of these stories along with the right to edit these submissions for an audio project. By leaving your message and or sending us your story via email, you give us full permission to use your story in its entirety and across all platforms.
Meet the Storyweavers
This year, Hart House launched the Storyweavers, a project to train students to become podcasters. The Storyweavers team set out to gather stories of transformation from young people who have overcome challenges, found a “better version” of themselves, embraced their identity and used the power of storytelling to move beyond barriers.
Each podcaster learned by doing. They conducted interviews, edited sound, added music tracks and produced some amazing, professional quality podcasts. To facilitate the sharing of stories, listening stations were set up at Hart House and a radio event, “Storytelling for Social Change” was held in the Map Room in front of a live audience.
Capturing stories through podcasts also captures a moment in time. Tell the same story six years from now and it will be different because you will be different. But that’s what keeps stories alive. Our stories also change us, and we are all enriched by the experience of sharing our stories with each other. Listen to the Storyweavers’ Podcasts