We started Inspired Storytellers to tell incredible stories of incredible people.

Our approach is simple: We use diverse mediums to share stories that power communities.



Follow along below to see what we’re getting into


“It has been a wonderful experience to work with such a diverse group of neighborhood residents and the talented staff of Brooklyn Community Foundation. Together, we’re tailoring the opportunity these funds provide to accomplish something meaningful for our shared community.” – Rabbi Eli Cohen, Director of Crown Heights Central JCC and member of member of our #NeighborhoodStrength Crown Heights Advisory Council. Shot for @bklynfoundation.

19 Aug 2016

@brooklynhiartmachine is a collaborative public art project based in Crown Heights that explores art-making as a community-building tool. A $5,000 grant from @bklynfoundation will be used to create and distribute an accessible guide to tenants’ rights to assist long-time residents being pushed out of their homes. Founders @millie_b_ and Oasa Duverney pose with their installation “See the Unseen” at the @brooklynchildrensmuseum. (at Brooklyn Children’s Museum)

16 Aug 2016

“I’m lucky enough to have gone home without being hurt.” – Shaqur Williams, Brooklyn Community Foundation Youth Voice Award Winner.

Two summers ago, Shaqur was confronted by police officers a block away from his Bedford-Stuyvesant home who demanded to know if he had drugs on him or knew where to buy them. This summer, he is channeling the pain and frustration of that experience into art. Shaqur received a Youth Voice Award grant for a new play called “All American Boys,” produced by Off the Page, inc. The play, which premiered in July at MS 51 in Park Slope, brings black and white actors together to examine the differences between black and white teenagers in a community and the way police officers approach them. 

We’re sharing stories of impact over on BCF’s Instagram page, @bklynfoundation. Learn more about the Youth Voice Award Winners in BCF’s #InsightstoImpact Report at

10 Aug 2016

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Last summer, 20 young people from across Brooklyn came together to form the first cohort of our Brooklyn Youth Fellowship. Working at the crossroads of civil service and social justice, Fellows spent the following year developing the Foundation’s first-ever youth-led grantmaking program, the Youth Voice Awards. 📷: @inspiredstorytellers
Learn more about the Fellows in our first #InsightstoImpact Report at

4 Aug 2016

Bryan Tarnowski was sent to cover the murder of three cops in Baton Rouge, La. for The New York Times. It’s been a tough couple of weeks for America, but the Inspired Storytellers are looking forward to collaborate with more organizations that are working to tackle the issues that have been brought to the forefront of our minds in recent weeks. You can read some of the stories he worked on here, here, here, and here.

3 Aug 2016

In the aftermath of the Alton Sterling killing, Bryan Tarnowski covered a story about the people and the community from which Alton Stirling grew up and lived in for The Guardian. Please read the story here.

3 Aug 2016

@jeyhoun flying to Minnesota with the women of the New York Sharks, a professional women’s football team. Jeyhoun has spent the last 6 months working on a documentary on the amazing women that make up the team. (at John F. Kennedy International Airport)

20 Jul 2016

Our own @btarnowski has been in Baton Rouge covering a tough time for all for the @nytimes and The Guardian ( Here, locals attend vigil for slain officer Matthew Gerald. (at Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

19 Jul 2016

The reason we do what we do is to meet people whose lives are as inspiring as Rose and Barrie’s. Check out the link in our profile to hear more about how Medicare Rights Center advocated to get them the healthcare they needed and deserved. #ourrights #care #healthmatters

17 May 2016

@humansofny’s latest series on Pediatric Cancrr at @sloankettering has reminded us of our time spent getting to know a remarkable girl named Perry and her survival through a rare form of cancer. The everyday heroes that walk those halls from the children to the doctors and beyond never cease to amaze. Go to our Vimeo page (in bio) for this video and more! #cycle4survival #jointhebattle #everydayheroes

11 May 2016