Welcome to the digital launch of the Story Dome!

Story Dome is a physical structure—a colorful, geodesic recording booth—that will debut in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building when we re-open. While the long-term goal is to engage audiences in person, in this time of social distancing, staying connected is more important than ever. That’s why we’re bringing our Story Dome experience to you digitally.

For many of us, our perception of place has fractured, scattered, and compounded. We invite you to record a short story, recite a poem, sing a song, or share your spoken words reflecting on one of the questions below. The Story Dome prompts are easy to follow and only takes 3 minutes or less to complete. For more info scroll down the page to our FAQs.

Share a story answering one of the following prompts:
  • Tell a story about a favorite place you miss visiting. Why do you connect to this place?
  • What does your internal landscape look like? Paint a picture of this landscape in words.
  • Tell a story about being stuck in place. How has your sense of place shifted over the past few weeks?

Click the “Start Here” button to fill out the form and tell your story!

Listen to our featured story below.

We’ll be rotating our featured story every couple of weeks. To listen to more Story Dome recordings visit our SoundCloud station.


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 3 minutes or less to complete. 

Is there a time limit on my recording?

Yes, there is a 3 minute maximum recording limit.

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 will compile a selection of recordings to share on this page, so check back in a couple of weeks. The Museum will also feature a curated selection of stories at audio listening stations in our galleries once we re-open.

About Story Dome

Inspired by StoryCorps, the Whatcom Museum’s Story Dome is tied to the current exhibition Conversations Between Collections, which features three masterworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conversation with works from our permanent collection.

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.

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