Perkins Center for the Arts Presents a Folk Arts & Civic Engagement Residency at the National Storytelling Conference
Today is Independence Day. Throughout the country the national holiday is celebrated with family gatherings infused with food, games and stories just as varied as the richness of cultures that color the United States. One way to collect such national treasures is to engage students and community members in documenting and taking oral histories through an Artist-in-Residency Program.
In the week prior to the 4th of July, Perkins Center for the Arts Folklife Center Director, Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik presented Everybody Comes from Somewhere: Designing a Storytelling & Civic Engagement Artist–in-Residency Program Master Class at the National Storytelling Conference in Kansas City, MO. The convention was held June 29 through July 2. The 2017 theme, All Our Voices: Stories of Immigration & Migration provided fertile ground to seed Perkins Center for the Arts Storytelling and Civic Engagement Residency on a national level. Interactively, we shared the model with storytellers, community organizers , teaching artists and activists.
The five-hour workshop jumpstarted with a discussion on the need for school and community artist residencies. We shared the importance of integrating storytelling and other folk arts into social studies curricula and assisting community members in raising voice. The attendees identified an imperative need in each of their communities. Read more →