Mountain Lake PBS is searching for residents of the North Country to share their stories in a new initiative called American Portrait. With only a few stories representing the entire North Country, this region is severely underrepresented within the project. However, by sharing their stories, residents can ensure that the unique experience of life in and around the Adirondacks will become part of the great mosaic of the American Portrait.
American Portrait, pbs.org/american-portrait, is a multiplatform storytelling project started by PBS aiming to capture the American experience. Using several different categories and prompts, American Portrait invites people to engage with the project by contributing their own story or simply perusing the submitted stories. This project explores the everyday lives of real Americans: the diverse ways we work, play, and connect with those around us.
The project is simple to engage with and offers something for everyone. Thought-provoking prompts and a user-friendly platform makes the entire experience enjoyable from start to finish. Users can choose to share their stories via text, photo, or video. Once submitted, their story will contribute to the ever-changing image of life in America in the American Portrait.
American Portrait also features a documentary series, pbs.org/show/american-portrait, focused on the lives of people from around the country. Each episode explores the ambitions, fears, and realities of Americans. Using self-shot stories, individuals tell their truths about life in America. This platform provides everyone an equal opportunity to share their story on a massive scale. The stories received will provide an in-depth look at life across America and will contribute to important conversations about our culture. The final ‘portrait’ will become more accurate as people from around the country share their stories and represent their region on our project map.
People interested in learning more about the project and sharing their stories can visit pbs.org/american-portrait.
Mountain Lake PBS serves nearly four million people in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario with acclaimed PBS series and award-winning local productions. Mountain Lake also provides a wide range of education and outreach services for learners of all ages, including at least eight hours a day of programming for children. Mountain Lake PBS’s mission is to inspire and enrich people and communities through meaningful entertainment, education and public engagement.