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ONLINE—Launch of 1500 Stories Website
April 16 – April 17
ONLINE—As of 2019, 90% of Americans made under $116,250 a year. Half of Americans made under $40,100 a year. Experience an interactive website that marries quantitative data about economic inequality with video, audio, and photo stories of what it is like to live at different economic positions in America. 1500 Stories is a cooperative art and storytelling project that aims to focus public attention on the chasm between the rich and poor in the US through storytelling and the humanities.
Inspiration for the project came from a poster created by economist Dr. Stephen J. Rose depicting the current distribution of income and wealth in the US (at present, the poster would need to be 1500 stories tall—roughly five miles long—to capture the disparity in income between the bottom tier and richest 1% of the population). Created in part through a series of face-to-face forums and facilitated conversations in San Jose among a diverse group of residents of Silicon Valley, the project aims to provide opportunities for learning and dialogue about economic inequality.
This project is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Project Grant.