Welcome to the digital Story Dome!
Story Dome is a physical structure—a colorful, geodesic recording booth—that was located in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building through May 2021. Although the physical structure is no longer available, people can still engage with Story Dome digitally.
Originally we invited people to share about their early experiences being stuck at home at the beginning of the pandemic. We then asked people to respond to artworks on display at our exhibitions.
Now, we go back to the topic of the pandemic and invite you to think about and share your perspectives. Learning can mean lots of things, from tangible skills like baking or sewing, to understanding more about ourselves and the people that surround us. Feel free to share any interpretation that you find meaningful. For more info scroll down the page to our FAQs.
Share a story answering the following prompt:
The past two years have been challenging and stressful, but have also offered opportunities for both learning and reflection. What have you learned over the course of the pandemic?
Click the “Start Here” button to fill out the form and tell your story!
How do I record my audio response?
Click on the link above to get started. The prompts are easy to follow and guide you through a few pages collecting basic information and permission to record.
How much time does the recording take?
The prompts and recording process only takes a few minutes to complete.
Do I need any special equipment?
No, just a digital device such as a laptop, phone, or tablet. Make sure your device’s microphone is turned on.
What types of stories can I submit?
You can share a real-life story, a made-up story, a song, a poem, a limerick, spoken word, an interview–any way you’d like to tell your story is welcome, just remember it has to be three minutes or less.
Will I receive a copy of my recording?
If you provide your email in the prompts, an audio file will be emailed to you directly. Check your spam/junk folder if you do not receive an email soon after submitting your recording. Send us an email if you experience problems or have not received your recording.
How will my recording be used?
We may compile a selection of recordings to share on our SoundCloud station and the Bellingham Public Library will also archive the recordings.
About Story Dome
Inspired by StoryCorps, the Whatcom Museum’s Story Dome was originally tied to the exhibition Conversations Between Collections, which featured three masterworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conversation with works from our permanent collection. Listen to a selection of recordings on our SoundCloud station.