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Storytelling for Social Change

  • Northen Stage 74 Gates St. White River Junction, VT 05001 USA (map)

Storytelling is a powerful tool for the documentation of voices, memories and histories. It can also be a catalyst for activism and social change. In Storytelling for Social Change we will explore the ethics and techniques of oral history, ethnography, and storytelling as activist research methodologies.

Attendees will be introduced to these three merging methodologies through a combination of short media pieces and discussions, will be invited to take a critical and analytical look at the history of documentary work, and will learn the basics of skills such as interviewing, story circle facilitation, and ethnographic observation. We will also cover the technical aspects of storytelling, providing an introduction to tools for minimal-resource and mobile audio recording.

This workshop is intended for anyone interested in developing collaborative documentary or storytelling skills, including students, community members, and staff members of organizations doing cultural, community and social-service work. In addition to developing attendees’ collaborative research abilities, the workshop seeks to expand participants’ listening skills—and by extension, interviewing skills—while also encouraging attendees to consider the challenges, possibilities, and ethics of representation. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of participants’ project ideas.

Instructors: Kathleen Haughey, VFC Executive Director & Ethnomusicologist; Trish Denton, Teaching Artist and VFC Educator

Storytelling for Social Change is offered in partnership with Northern Stage. Tuition is $95 ($55/students). You may also register by calling the Vermont Folklife Center at (802) 388-4964.

If you cancel up to seven days before the event, we will issue a refund minus a $10 fee.

This workshop is a part of the Vermont Folklife Center’s Cultural Sustainability Institute series. Cultural Sustainability provides a framework for examining human experience in the present with an awareness of the past and a view toward the future.

Earlier Event: March 23
Oral History: An Introduction
Later Event: April 13
Vox Pop and Audio Storytelling