Fishtrap Story Lab

Bridging the Ancient Art of Storytelling with 21st Century Technology

Fishtrap Story Lab inspires youth throughout Wallowa County to share their stories creatively, confidently, and playfully. Beginning with a focus on narrative craft, the program provides students with a host of multimedia tools—from video and animation equipment to music production software and beyond—to hone their skills as writers and producers. Story Lab emboldens students to explore themselves and the places they inhabit, encouraging personal growth and thoughtful participation in community conversation. The result is a generative program as rich and lively as Wallowa County itself.

See the magic of Story Lab at work on our YouTube channel.

Fishtrap Story Lab primarily serves K-8th students in Wallowa, Enterprise, and Joseph school districts, but occasionally dons wheels and rolls out to high school and other settings, including the Summer Fishtrap Gathering at Wallowa Lake.

Invigorated with the support of the Oregon Community Foundation’s Studio to Schools program, Fishtrap partnered with Joseph Charter School in 2014 to bring accomplished writers and multimedia storytelling tools into its classrooms. Out of this collaboration came Story Lab, and the program has only expanded since; Fishtrap now serves youth county-wide, using its mobile lab to enrich students’ lives with opportunities to think, write, and share stories about things that matter to them.

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