TELLING TALES: AN INTERGENERATIONAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOP HONORING SENIORS
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STORIES OF CHILDHOOD This storytelling and shadow puppet workshop honors the wisdom and experiences of people 60 and older. Stories told by seniors were used in creative exchange with children ages seven to twelve. First, in a workshop developing storytelling skills, real life stories were chosen and developed by seniors. Once the stories were crafted and recorded children were brought in to learn about shadow puppets and create a visual re-telling which was shared with the public along with the stories in an informal community event.
STORIES OF HOME This storytelling and paintings workshop honors the wisdom and experiences of people 60 and older. Stories told by seniors were used in creative exchange with local painters. First, in a workshop developing storytelling skills, real life stories were chosen and developed by seniors. Once the stories were crafted and recorded painters choose stories to depict visually. An exhibit of works was displayed at the World and Eye gallery during an art walk while spectators listened to the stories
Originally developed in partnership with Helen Reynolds, these programs received a grant from the Broward Cultural Division. Examples of the two previous community events can be seen here by clicking on the pictures above.
About the facilitator: Jean Minuchin runs The World and Eye Arts Center, which produces hands-on workshops and programming focusing on social issues through the arts. Jean has 20 + years in arts education in schools and community. She ran a middle school theater program, trainings for clown care in hospitals, directed intergenerational arts programs and developed school-based arts for literacy curricula. As a performance artist, Jean uses her degrees in arts and theater to cultivate a hybrid form of visual theater. Recent plays written, performed and toured by Jean include “Beneath the Hood” a solo mask play exploring the role of outcasts in a fictional community and “Odyssey in the Land of Shadows” a puppet play about the nature of grief and healing. She has performed at two NYU Forums, WaxWorks in Brooklyn, NY, at the National Puppetry Fringe Festival 2013 and at THE NERVE performance art festival in Fort Lauderdale. Jean’s solo performance, “Still Life of an Orange and Other Puppet Parables” appeared in the Hollywood Fringe Festival in California. www.jeanminuchin.com