Video Posted Online From International Story Swap Event

May 3, 2010

For Immediate Release
Contact: Nicole Hernandez
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Aspen Writers’ Foundation
970.925.3122, ext. 2# |

Live Videoconference Connected Students in Port-au-Prince and New Orleans


Aspen, CO, May 3, 2010 – Video from the first international Story Swap is now available on the Aspen Institute website. The video can be accessed at

Last week, high school students from Cours Privé Edme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Sci Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana were connected via live videoconferencing as part of the first international Story Swap. Students shared personal stories of experiences, family, and landscape during this cross-cultural exchange designed to help strengthen and, in this case, restore individuals, schools, and communities through the use of storytelling, creative writing, and the visual arts. This program was presented by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation (a program of the Aspen Institute) with support from the Bezos Family Foundation, and in collaboration with the Global Nomads Group and Students Rebuild.

A full press release with additional details on the program may be found at:

In addition, a documentary film on the Port-au-Prince/New Orleans Story Swap will premier this summer at the 34th annual Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival, to be held June 20-25.

The Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Colorado’s oldest nonprofit literary organization and a program of the Aspen Institute, has been bringing readers and writers together since 1976. The organization’s mission is to provide programs that encourage writers in their craft and readers in their appreciation of literature. Through its repertoire of ten year-round programs and projects, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation annually serves 100,000-plus literary enthusiasts of all ages.

The Bezos Family Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jackie and Mike Bezos, who along with their children and spouses, serve as directors. The Foundation works to strengthen educational opportunities for everyone, regardless of economic circumstances, and cultivate learning as a life-long process that begins in early childhood.

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners. For more information, visit




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