Welcome to the digital Story Dome!

Story Dome is a physical structure—a colorful, geodesic recording booth—located in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building. During our closure, we launched Story Dome digitally to collect stories about peoples’ experiences during the quarantine. Now that we are reopened, we have opened the physical Story Dome in the Lightcatcher to collect stories based on visitors’ experiences viewing the artworks in our exhibitions.

We invite you to think about the works you see in our galleries and how they relate to a sense of identity. The project emphasizes place and personal identity through the preservation and celebration of storytelling.

While we hope you will visit our exhibition and stop in the physical Story Dome to record your thoughts, we also offer the chance to engage digitally. You can check out images on our website from the current exhibitions Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women by Matika Wilbur or Jac Trautman: The Specter of the Young and Indigenous. Or you can watch part 1 and part 2 of our virtual tours of our past exhibition, Conversations Between Collections

After checking out our online images or watching the tours, we invite you to record a short story, recite a poem, sing a song, or share your spoken words reflecting on the question below. The Story Dome prompt is 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 the following prompt:

  • In portrait photography, setting, clothing, and pose come together to tell a story. If you were sitting for a photograph, what would your story be? Where would you be located? What would you wear to reveal more about who you are and what is important to you? What other props might you include?

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

Listen to our featured story below.

To listen to additional 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, as well as on our SoundCloud station

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.

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.

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