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Telling Stories Part 2 | Learning Together

Telling Our Stories

In our last blog post, we shared some statistics about the teaching artist eco-system.  Our 2019 Teaching Artist Survey also asked you specifically about what kinds of programs would help support your teaching practice.  As we reviewed your ideas and started making plans, we noticed a theme emerging in our fall and winter workshops.

We believe, as you do, that everyone’s story has value and deserves to be lifted into the light.  We believe that members of our community whose stories are often silenced or marginalized should instead have their stories amplified.  Many of you, as teaching artists, do this every day through your distinct art forms.

This fall and winter, we will be presenting workshops that spotlight how different teaching artists engage with communities to listen to their stories and provide a creative space for community members to put words, movement, and art to these stories.

On October 21st, we collaborated on a workshop focusing on how contemporary artists can give insight into the particular history and story of their world view with visual artist Lisa Volta and playwright Marissa Kennedy.  On October 30, Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project and Live Connections shared strategies for parents to give their stories to their children.  On November 14, Jennifer Turnbull from Spiral Q will combine their approach to turning story circles into movement.

Later in the fall and winter, we will be presenting workshops focused on how to tell stories with a trauma-informed lens when Dr. Meagan Corrado shares her Storiez process on January 14, 2020, and how a zine can help a community maps its assets and document its stories.

Join us and expand your teaching practice within and beyond your art form. We are waiting to hear more stories!


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