Project Overview

Welcome to the DC Storytelling System, a part of the Right to the City exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, April 2018-2020.

Join us in person at neighborhood events, beginning with Adams Morgan Day on September 9th, 2018 when we launched the Humanities Truck and our neighborhood map. Future events will often be at DC Public Library branches. New stories will be added over the next two years as the exhibit unfolds, and residents add their voices to the mix.

Dial our hotline (202-335-7288) at any time to hear voices from the exhibit, or to record a story of DC neighborhoods and change.

Our permanent system includes a physical payphone at the end of the exhibit in the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. The hotline also accepts calls from mobile phones anywhere in the world, and can send pictures, sound clips, and even video direct to phones. A traveling booth will visit the neighborhoods featured in the exhibit. Rather than focus on the internet, we believe audio and media for public space may have particular power to circulate stories that matter for DC neighborhoods in new ways. For more, read about our vision.

For news and reflections, see our blog.  Over the next two years the hotline will gather new voices and evolve, including to distribute multimedia from the exhibit.

Questions? Contact us and sign up for updates.

This collaboration is made possible by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, the School of Communication at American University, and the Leimert Phone Company, with the generous support of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.