About The I-10 Witness Project

The I-10 Witness Project is a community based story collective formed to document the myriad tales emerging from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Comprised of Louisiana artists, educators and community organizers, I-10 Witness seeks to give voice to affected Louisiana citizens by documenting their stories through sound and video. We believe that now is the time to listen and provide a safe space for people to express how this storm has impacted their lives. We also want to cultivate a forum where citizens can voice their concerns about the reconstruction, redevelopment and rejuvenation of south Louisiana and New Orleans.

Since the storm, we have been traveling throughout Louisiana and the surrounding areas to record stories from a diverse cross-section of the public, including displaced citizens in shelters, relief workers, community organizers, neighborhood leaders, artists, medical staff, city planners, and government officials. All participants receive a copy of their recorded interview once completed. These interviews can be accessed by the community through this website and will be housed at the project headquarters. In the future, interviews will be made available through partnerships with public broadcast networks and credible local, state and national oral history archives.

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The I-10 Witness continues to interview New Orleans residents about their storm related experiences. In conjunction with Xavier University's Department of Communications, we recently completed several rounds of interviews at St. Dominic's Church in Lakeview, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans East and the Uptown Shepard's Center. This week we will also continue to collect stories in Gert Town. Last month, we we're proud to collaborate with Mourning Line Productions and the 78th Street Theater in Manhattan, NY for our first public installation of these narratives. The show was seen by several New Yorkers who continue to visit our website. It is our hope that these types of events can keep this story alive in the hearts and minds of people throughout this country. As always, if you or anyone you know is interested in recording their story or helping to gather stories please contact us through the site as we would be happy to meet with you at your convenience.