Shelf Life Community Story Project

Shelf Life is a community story project motivated by the rapid change and displacement taking place in Seattle's Central District neighborhood. We seek to amplify, preserve, and learn from the voices, experiences, and histories of Central District communities.

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Address: 2301 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
Phone Number: 206-851-6785
EIN: 91-1702331
Shelf Life exists thanks to numerous community partners and an army of volunteers. Funders and partners include:
King County 4Culture
Northwest Film Forum
Photographic Center Northwest
Girlie Press
Northwest African American Museum
Hollow Earth Radio
KXSU 102.1
KBCS 91.3 FM
Wing Luke Museum
Fractured Atlas

We believe that community stories have the power to inform and expand conversations about change; that community stories reconnect people who have been made vulnerable by displacement; and that Seattle could learn a lot from the Central District's unique history, lessons that might even influence how the city imagines its future.

We are a collaboration of historians, photographers, artists, librarians, filmmakers, and educators. We are recording oral histories with, and taking photographic portraits of, people who live and work in the Central District. The stories we record will be shared with the public through community celebrations; projection mapping events; a radio series and podcast; the project website; and an interactive story map. Eventually, stories will be archived by the Seattle Public Library.