The stories you’ll find throughout this website provide a snapshot of what demographic change looks like in America today, particularly as immigrants move to the Midwest, the South and suburbs around the country.
Are any of the Shelbyville Multimedia stories similar to the situation in your city or town? Do the characters remind you of anyone you know? Consider using our tools and resources to inspire your own community building. Most of the activities below are eligible for Welcoming America’s “Friends of Welcoming” points that are redeemable for fun prizes, cash (to be donated to your favorite charity) or a $5,000 grant to start your own Welcoming Initiative. Click here to learn more about “Friends of Welcoming” and to join!
People around the country have been hosting film screenings and other events that use Shelbyville Multimedia tools as a spark for deep conversation and connection. Click through the page to find out how you can hold a screening or activity of your own.
Welcoming Stories are Immigrants’ stories about those who welcomed them to this country – and changed their lives.
By encouraging long-term residents to invite newcomers over for a meal and a conversation, we hope to inspire American-style hospitality and exchange. Share your special gathering with us and see what others are doing as well!
What You Can Do
The stories from Shelbyville are likely to inspire you and your friends to confront issues in your own backyard. There are many ways to get involved, from embedding a webisode to joining or starting a welcoming committee.
Read full entries featured on our Recipes Page, as well as an archive of Shelbyville Multimedia activity around the Independent Lens broadcast of Welcome to Shelbyville in May 2011.