Special Projects

Nan Madol Stories


A project developed in collaboration with UNESCO and the College of Micronesia in celebration of Nan Madol being recognized in 2016 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All stories and images are proudly produced by students at the College of Micronesia-FSM in Pohnpei.


Jo-Jikum Climate Poems

Jo-Jikum is an NGO based in the Marshall Islands working to empower Marshallese youth to speak up about locally relevant issues. In July, Jo-Jikum held its first Climate Change Arts Camp, with the support of the U.S. Embassy. The purpose of the camp was to provide a space for students to create art or poetry to raise awareness on environmental issues in the RMI.


Bloom Where Planted

“Bloom Where Planted” was a series of workshops led by Dr. Lori Phillips for at-risk youth in Kalihi on the island of Oahu during Fall 2016. The series used photography, observational drawing, and writing to tell stories that focused on the theme of “Home.”


Manu’a Solar Power

The Manu’a Islands of American Samoa are some of the most beautiful and lush in all of the South Pacific. Recently, the island of Ta’u became the first in the Samoan island chain to be using 100% renewable energy. The project boasts one of the most advanced solar energy microgrids in the world. Here is the story of the energy revolution in Ta’u, told through the lenses of 5 students at Manu’a High School.

“We are a group of young storytellers from the Manu’a Islands in American Samoa, focused on telling stories about our island home to the world. Proud members of the Pacific Storytellers Cooperative”– Manu’a Storytellers


Palau Climate Science Camp


CNMI Storytelling Workshop

The CNMI Storytellers Workshop, conducted over a four-day period, provided our young writers with a creative space to receive guidance on their writing and learn skills to capture images that express their thoughts and opinions about issues that matter to them. The workshop aims to connect writers in our community so that they have the support they need to continue their work, share their process with their peers, and designate time to simply free-write in each other’s company.

The CNMI Storytellers Workshop was sponsored by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with Marianas High School.