Storied Communities, Community Stories

We commissioned ThirdSpace Action Lab to conduct the Storied Communities, Community Stories research study. ThirdSpace partnered with local artists to study how residents engage with their local community development organizations. Together, they explored the role of resident voices in these four community development organizations:

  • Richmondland in Richmond, California 

  • BuildingcommunityWORKSHOP in Brownsville, Texas

  • Center for Transforming Communities in Memphis, Tennessee

  • The Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services + Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan

The research revealed the notable depth of residents’ understanding of their local organizations. Watch the webinar in which resident storytellers, local community development leaders, and national experts explored the research findings. This study is part of our Grounding Values in Research initiative.

Explore the results in English and Spanish 



Experience the storytelling produced by this study

ThirdSpace Action Lab published all four literary art pieces in the third edition of The People’s Practice.

  • Black Sabbath by Donté Clark of North Richmond, California (page 10)
  • Constellations of Hope by Ixchel Tonantzin Xochitlzihuatl who lived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas (page 25)
  • A Memphis Love Letter by Tawanna Brown of Memphis, Tennessee (page 28)
  • City of the Middle Seas by Zaina Berri of Dearborn, Michigan (page 34)