Memories for the Future | Visual Storytelling Workshop

A black-and-white image of a young Black girl in a white dress

Garrett Bradley, America (video still), 2019. Multichannel video installation. Courtesy the artist

Feb 6, 2021


Art Making & Tours, Memories for the Future

Learn how to use visual storytelling skills in the creation of a short film that brings your personal archives to life. Teaching artists and visual storytellers, Jazmin Jones and Jeannette Rodríguez-Píneda, will lead workshop participants through activities that illustrate the process of creating visual meaning. Participants will practice close-looking and sequencing, as well as  develop content and strategies for storytelling. Participants will also have the chance to submit their short film to be screened at a live program with filmmaker Garrett Bradley. 

This workshop is a part of Memories for the Future, a workshop series with accompanying digital resources that considers how memories and forgotten histories can be preserved using visual and sonic forms, and brought into the future as an act of archival repair. Taking inspiration from filmmaker Garrett Bradley’s America (2019)—a multichannel video installation that reimagines scenes of Black history and life from lost feature-length films made in the United States between 1912 and 1929—Memories for the Future invites participants to remember the places, people, histories, and sensations they have lost and to use sound and moving image to evoke and transform these memories. 

This series of workshops is facilitated by artists who share their approaches to visual and sonic storytelling and is supported by digital guides that offer additional techniques to support audiences in creating short films.

This program series is presented in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art.


Jeannette Rodríguez Píneda is a Dominican-American mixed media artist and educator using antiquarian emulsion based processes as a means of remembering soils called home.  They have an intergenerational teaching practice that spans across the five boroughs and co-authored ‘The Teaching Artist Companion to Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change.’

Jazmin Jones is a visual storyteller, collective organizer, photographer, filmmaker, producer, and curator. Jones is New York-based, Bay Area-raised, and a co-founding member of BUFU: By Us For Us, a project-based collective interested in building solidarity amongst Us.


Zoom Access
This session will be held through Zoom, a free video-conferencing software. Participants are encouraged to use a computer, smartphone, or tablet with a camera and internet access. Participants will receive details on  how to join the meeting the day before the program begins. 

This session will be live-captioned. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available upon request with two weeks’ advance notice. We will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made within two weeks’ notice. For accessibility questions or accommodation requests, please email or call (212) 708-9781.

This program will be recorded.