Tell your story…for video-art project at Pelican’s Friendship Festival

By Joan Ellison 

“How has your life been different than you imagined?”

We can all answer that question. It seems like life never takes the road that you expect. The Pelican Rapids Multicultural Committee will be asking that question at the International Friendship Festival on Saturday, June 18, in Sherin Park as we create an audio and visual picture of the people who make up our community. 

There will be two booths at the Festival focused on this project. “Tell your story” is an audio booth where an individual can interview a friend or family member by asking the following questions:

How has your life been different than you expected?

Tell me about a time that was hard for you.

What did you do to get through that time?

What are you proud of in yourself?

The interviews will be recorded by Lance and Bonnie Albers. After the Festival, the interviews will be posted on the Pelican Rapids Multicultural Committee website, searchable by the names of the interviewer and the person interviewed. They will also become a part of a documentary film – “Voices and Visions of Resilience” – created by Deb Wallwork.

The second booth of the Voices and Visions project is titled “Paint your story .” Artists Nancy Valentine and Adam Satterlie will encourage and help visitors to the Festival who are interested in painting their answers to any of the four questions. Each individual painting will become a part of a much larger banner.

After the Festival, filmmaker Deb Wallwork will create a video collage, editing the individual interviews and combining them with the fiber art and film footage of the Festival to produce the final Voices and Visions of Resilience video.

The final product will be exhibited in 2023 at two venues, the Pelican Rapids Public Library and the Otter Tail County Historical Society. 

The exhibit will include the video, the banners, and a link to allow people to browse the individual stories recorded on the day of the Festival. 

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Unitarian Church of Underwood and by the voters of Minnesota through grants from Lake Region Arts Council from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Stop by the Festival in Sherin Park, from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. Enjoy the international foods, the world music, and the craft demonstrations, then stop by the” Tell your Story” and “Paint your Story” booths and add a part of your story to the history of Pelican Rapids.