Creativity Lives Here: The Loop Lab

September 24, 2019

By: ArtPlace America

In this film Chris Hope, Executive Director of the Loop Lab walks us through their non-profit social enterprise that provides workforce development in audio/video skills for 18-26-year-olds from underrepresented backgrounds in Cambridge. 

He explains how they offer media workshop that specialize in digital storytelling through video and audio, with trainees and alumni. Video content is often a gap in how non-profits communicate about their organizations and impact in the communities they serve. Loop Lab offers a for-hire service which empowers underrepresented groups in the media arts because so many young people are being left out of careers in the creative economy.

The Loop Lab is a Cambridge-based non-profit social enterprise specializing in media arts internships and digital storytelling. Chris tells us, “As an organization, we are committed to ending inequality and racism through digital storytelling. As an academic partner of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, we offer our trainees college credits and free dual enrollment into college! Go to the Partners & Supporters page to see a list of organizations that support our mission.”


What Chris Hope had to say about DIYdoc:

"I found using DIYdoc to be very easy, and it made telling our story that much more effective. It is important to make creative tools more accessible to activists and creative placemaking groups, and ArtPlace America through DIYdoc does just that. I am excited to see the kinds of content that are produced from it!"


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Creativity Lives Here is a year-long digital storytelling campaign to showcase the people and places behind creative community development. #CreativityLivesHere is a collection of grassroots video stories from amazing artists, community planners, local leaders, and allies, who are sharing the ideas, challenges, and inspirations that drive their work every day.

We’re going to share these stories across our social media platforms, and many of our friends and partners are ready to do the same.

The only thing missing is YOUR STORY.

All you need is an iPhone, the DIYdoc App, and a story about how arts and culture is helping address a challenge or opportunity in your community. From there, enlist a friend to help, or shoot the video yourself through the app and add your voice to the growing collection of grassroots stories from across the United States.

Check out some of the stories that have been collected so far on our YouTube channel, and make yours today!