Santa Fe Public Library

Community Storytellers


Community Storytellers Project  (formerly Neighborhood Historian Project) addresses the imperative need for community-centered story-gathering, where the process is just as important as the content being recorded. Community members are trained to use professional recording equipment, gather oral histories among their friends and family, edit their recordings into fluid storytelling, and archive their creations in a public digital repository hosted by the Santa Fe Public Library. Through community workshops, storybooths, and one-on-one mentorship with professional filmmakers and storytellers, the Community Storytellers Project seeks empowers Santa Feans to become co-creators of a rich living history, encouraging community dialogue, healing, and the collective determination of where our story goes from here.

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This program is made possible thanks to the Santa Fe Public Library, Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, Littleglobe,, National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Fe Arts & Culture Program, Manitos Community Memory Project, Capital High School, and the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Look for upcoming Community Storytellers workshops to join on the SFPL calendar!



WHY: The Community Storytellers project addresses the imperative need for community-centered storytelling, where the process is just as important as the stories being shared. We believe that through stories we can co-create a rich living history that more accurately represents all the communities that call Northern New Mexico home. 


WHO: Littleglobe is a team of educators, filmmakers and artists who believe storytelling has the power to foster community dialogue, healing, and connection. For this program, Littleglobe is looking for committed, engaged, enthusiastic participants who are interested in exploring their own stories to contribute to a deeper understanding of our community. Anyone 14 years and older is eligible to participate, though the program does take place on Friday afternoons during school hours. The purpose of this program is to amplify stories from often underrepresented voices.


WHAT: This program trains community members in the process of storytelling and video production in order to create and share stories of personal relevance and history.  Many of the resulting videos may be shared in  Littleglobe TV episodes, social media, events, and online. 

Littleglobe is dedicated to providing access to participants of different technological capabilities. However, this training will require participants to have basic computer skills. Programs we will be using include: Adobe Premiere, WeVideo, iMovie and other editing platforms.


Through the collaborative process of storytelling, we hope to foster a sense of belonging and cultural agency among residents of this region. In this program, we will go over the process of brainstorming to identify the story you want to tell, the basics of audio recording, documentary-style interviewing and filming, and editing to create a 3-6 minute short film by the end of the program. 

The Community Storytellers program will be taught in English with some Spanish speaking staff available for those who prefer to create their stories in Spanish. 


WHERE: All training will take place in person at the Littleglobe office located on 2350 Fox Rd. #200 Santa Fe, NM 87507 


WHEN: The program runs for 12 weeks on Fridays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm starting on Friday, January 26th  through April 19th, 2024 when there will be a community screening of all the completed pieces. 

Participants who attend at least 8 training workshops and turn in a final video at the end of the program, will receive a stipend of $500. 

Applications are DUE JANUARY 5th 10:00PM MST


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Related Projects

Santa Fe’s fourth City Historian, Valerie Rangel, has gathered thoughts and ideas from the community and created ArcGIS Storymaps, which serve as a tool to enhance learning and build more knowledge of our past. This digital learning tool reflects historical truths and uplifts our shared values. The public is invited to explore the Storymaps and browse online resources that include archival photos, historical essays, videos and maps.

One Storymap, A People’s History of Santa Fe, highlights historically significant places within the city and surrounding area, while another Storymap focuses on Layers of Santa Fe, an assembly of maps starting with environmental data, archival maps, interactive data maps, cultural perspectives, and links to other Storymaps. Place-specific historical essays, written by the historian, are being archived in the upcoming Neighborhood Historians Archive, a digital repository of community history being developed by Santa Fe Public Library. The essays are also accessible via hyperlinks embedded within the Storymaps. A third Storymap is a Teacher’s Guide on how to utilize the Storymaps with added resources such as educational videos, K-12 lesson plans, question prompts for students and lists of resources for further information.

ArcGIS Storymaps:

Layers of Santa Fe

A People’s History of Santa Fe: no me olvides…

Teacher’s Guide (

Ojos Diferentes: A New Way of Exploring the Art and History of Santa Fe

Perspectives on Water

City of Holy Faith

Sombras de Oscuridad

  • Main Library

    145 Washington Avenue
    (505) 955-6781

  • Oliver La Farge Branch

    1730 Llano Street
    (505) 955-4862

  • Southside Branch

    6599 Jaguar Drive
    (505) 955-2820