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Our Town Welcome

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Your Voice, Your Vision

Our Town features the local legends, history, and personal memoirs of Rhode Island towns and villages – those untold or uncelebrated stories that capture the essence of life in town. Rhode Island PBS does not choose the stories; you do!

You can join the Our Town project by collecting video and becoming one of the local storytellers. Help document the people, places, and events in your community. No experience is necessary – just enthusiasm!

Residents are especially urged to participate. Each installment of Our Town centers on a different Rhode Island town and its villages, but participants are not specifically required to live there. If you have a great story to tell, or want to help someone else bring their vision to light, you are highly encouraged to sign up.

Great Stories

Great stories are all around us. Our Town is designed to give members of the local community a platform to tell these great stories and share perspectives of their own. It also builds a meaningful relationship between Rhode Island PBS and the local community, making engagement with the Our Town project mutually beneficial for everyone involved.

Where to Start

Spread the word about Our Town to local organizations in your community. There are no age or experience restrictions, and there is no cost or compensation to participate.

Rhode Island PBS offers production guidance, technical advice, and support to all volunteer filmmakers. Print materials will be shared at town meetings, but our producers are always available by phone or email to help as well.

When you finish filming, Rhode Island PBS will edit your video story along with your neighbors’ stories to create a one-hour portrait of the featured town.

Do you have a story you'd like to submit? Let us know what it is, and when you are ready to start! Email us at ourtown@ripbs.org

Questions? Contact Us

If you have any questions about the project please reach out to our team:

  • Jodi Mesolella-Director of Membership & Special Projects/Our Town, Project Director (jodim@ripbs.org , 401-222-3636 x 209)
  • Nicole Muri-Our Town, Producer (nmuri@ripbs.org 401-222-3636 x 225)
  • Gretta Jacobs-Corporate Relations Manager (gjacobs@ripbs.org, 401-222-3636 x 381)
  • Lucie Raposo-Director of Public Information/Media Contact (lraposo@ripbs.org, 401-222-3636 x 216)