Barrio Stories is a unique project that celebrates and preserves the heritage of Tucson’s historic Mexican-American barrios. The project brought together anthropologists, historians, youth, theatre makers, and the community to collect oral histories from elders who remember the area known as Barrio Libre or La Calle – a hub of commerce and community that was torn down with the building of the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) in 1968.
These narratives form the basis of a new play written by a team of award-winning playwrights and produced by nationally-recognized Borderlands Theater Company. Volunteering or interning with Barrio Stories would be a good opportunity for students interested in art-driven social movements, oral history, or anthropology. Check out their website for more information: www.barriostories.org.