The Rich Coast Project Schedule

A participatory storytelling and research project in Caribe Sur, Costa Rica

The Rich Coast Project uses community storytelling, digital archiving and legal research to document and protect the history, culture, and rights of Afro-descendent communities of coastal Talamanca, Costa Rica.

2012-02-29 17:07:46

Co-op in Caribe Sur

Katie Beck begins researching the issue during her final semester at Northeastern University School of Law

2012-08-05 03:28:21

Fieldwork Trip

Katie Beck returns to Caribe Sur after spending the summer studying for and taking the bar examination.

2012-09-01 17:07:46

Concept Incubation

Gathering resources and ideas, writing project proposals, seeking advisors and editing footage

2013-04-14 20:22:15

Professor Blanco-Rivera joins team

Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera joins the team as an advisor and expert on digital archiving

2013-04-30 03:28:21


The Rich Coast Project incorporates as a Massachusetts non-profit corporation.

2013-06-20 19:29:58

Document collection begins

Law student intern begins collection of documents and stories of local residents

2013-06-25 20:22:15

Patrick Offenheiser joins the team

Patrick Offenheiser, documentary filmmaker at Baltazar Productions, joins the team

2013-08-20 10:35:50

Kyle Courtney joins team

Kyle Courtney, Esq., joins the team as an advisor and scholar of international legal research and information policy

2013-09-03 12:12:36

LSSC Social Justice Project

The Rich Coast Project is selected as a client organization of the Legal Skills in a Social Context Program at Northeastern University School of Law. A group of first-year students perform intensive legal research throughout the academic year.

2013-09-12 03:28:21

Fiscal Sponsorship

The Rich Coast Project receives fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

2013-09-20 02:55:36

LSSC Client Meeting #1

Student researchers meet with project director and advisors Emily Yozell and Edwin Patterson

2013-10-16 20:22:15

Indiegogo Campaign

Online fundraising campaign raises over $5,000 for field research trip in early 2014

2013-10-18 19:04:25

LSSC Expert Meeting

Student researchers meet with local experts

2013-10-24 10:35:50

Archives without Borders: Brown Bag Lunch

Katie Beck and Joel Blanco-Rivera are featured speakers at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science

2013-10-25 18:45:43

Creative Time Summit

Art, Place and Dislocation in the 21st Century

2013-11-03 19:04:25

Boston House Party

Fundraising event to support field research trip

2013-11-14 08:46:09

LSSC Client Meeting #2

Law student researchers meet with project director and advisor Emily Yozell for feedback on their research progress

2013-12-21 14:52:51

Story Collection: Phase 1

Outreach into communities, identifying participants, building relationships, gathering and organizing existing materials

2014-01-10 01:47:31

Move to Caribe Sur

The team packs up and heads to Costa Rica to begin 10 weeks of field research and story collection

2014-01-11 10:25:16

Story Collection: Phase 2

Collecting testimonials, photographs, and information in Puerto Viejo, Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva and Manzanillo

2014-02-01 19:58:33

Youth Photography Workshop

A group of 5 local youth will be invited to participate in a photography workshop, take photographs around the theme “Esa es mi chante” / This is my home”, and have their work displayed at the Casa de la Cultura in Puerto Viejo.

2014-02-10 00:20:30

San Jose

A brief trip back to San Jose

2014-02-17 16:55:22

Story Collection: Phase 3

Collecting testimonials, photographs and information in Cahuita

2014-02-22 09:04:15

Story Collection: Phase 4

More community documentation in Puerto Viejo, Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva and Manzanillo

2014-03-01 18:14:03

Youth Photography Exhibit

Photographs from the Youth Photography Workshop will be displayed (location TBD)

2014-03-13 20:41:21

Return to U.S.

The team heads back to Boston to begin post-production

2014-03-14 17:07:46

Project Development

We return to Boston to continue strategic planning, developing partnerships, and seeking funding.

2014-03-28 15:36:15

LSSC Final Presentation

Law student researchers deliver their final presentation

2014-07-30 08:04:10

Archive Development

We are back in Costa Rica to begin implementation of the community archive project, work with community partners and visit with past participants.

The Rich Coast Project Schedule

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