SURVIVANCE: the ongoing survival; the continual reclaiming of one’s presence and voice; a collective renunciation of systemic oppression and intentional harm on a person and/or a people. 

About the Survivance Storytelling Project…

Life One Year in the Pandemic Stories from Chicagoland ALAANA

Welcome to the Survivance Project: A Digital Storytelling Time Capsule. Survivance is a digital space, a preservation of stories from the ALAANA* community in the greater Chicagoland area about living and surviving during the pandemic, one year later.

The pandemic is a once-in-a-century human event. The stories of how ALAANA were impacted by the Coronavirus are important in this moment of a lifetime.

Survivance is our voices, our lived experiences; this is our moment. 

*ALAANA is defined as: (African, African-American, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) by The Field Foundation of Illinois. 

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