And Anne Klint is patrolling Tracy with her eyes and ears wide open, hoping to capture those tales on camera.
Klint is collecting stories from residents who lived in Tracy during the lead up to and eventual collapse of the housing market from 2002 to the present. She specifically is looking for stories during the years of 2006 to 2010, when “people were really suffering.”
The Oakland-based artist has paired with the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts to produce the documentary titled “Inhabit Your City: Voices of Tracy.”
The community-based project was made possible when the Grand was awarded a $31,591 grant from The Creative Work/ArtPlace to produce a documentary. The grant requires that an organization or group, such as the Grand, collaborate with a local artist.
“There are a whole lot of people that are still being affected, and even if you didn’t lose your home you were still affected because the entire community changed,” said the 39-year-old. “I want to hear those kinds of stories from people — how hard was it for you and what changes did you go through?”
During the months of October and November, Klint collected the stories of about 15 people via camera and recorder while manning one of her posts in Tracy in the Grand lobby, local coffee shops and at the West Valley Mall.
The process is simple. She preferred to conduct video interviews but can simply use a voice recorder for those who are camera shy. Any historical pieces, such as old pictures or newspaper articles, that could supplement a story are welcomed submissions.
“It’s so important to get these stories now so we have a history of what happened during this important and truly devastating time in Tracy and the country,” Klint said.
“The longer we wait, the more people forget and stories will fade, so we don’t want to lose them.”
The project is sponsoring the event Something To Do: Sounds by Local Artists on Saturday, Nov. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Grand, 715 Central Ave. The event is free, though attendees are asked to donate one canned food item.
Local artists Matt Wells, Dani Gentry, The Yells, Medicine Cabinet and Armed and Dangerous are slated to perform.
Klint will be available to interview residents who want to tell their stories.
For information: www.annemklint.com/inhabit
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