26 May 2019 Storytelling for Community-Based Projects

2019-05-25 10:00 - 16:00

Saturday, May 25, 2019
10:00 AM 4:00 PM
Generator Makerspace
40 Sears Lane Burlington, VT, 05401


If you are interested in community-based research for advocacy or creative projects, Storytelling for Community-Based Projects will introduce techniques in ethnography, oral history and storytelling, in the service of socially-engaged projects. Join The Vermont Folklife Center on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm at The Generator Makerspace, 40 Sears Ln, Burlington, VT 05401.

This workshop is intended for anyone interested in developing collaborative projects centered in community-based research, documentary or storytelling mediums, including students, community members, socially-engaged artists and staff of organizations doing cultural, community, and social-service work. Attendees will be invited to take a critical and analytical look at the history of ethnography and documentary work, as well as explore hands-on techniques in observation, fieldwork, interviewing, audio/visual documenting, project conception, and outreach for project participants.

Storytelling for Community-Based Projects combines discussion of the theories and methods that inform community-based research with practical, hands-on training in interviewing and storytelling techniques — while also encouraging attendees to consider the challenges, possibilities, and ethics of representation. Additionally, a showcase of projects with both youth and adult populations will provide a foundation on which to build these ideas.

Led by Teaching Artist and Vermont Folklife Center Educator Trish Denton, this workshop will help participants develop a plan for a community-based research project and will offer a forum for brainstorming creative applications inspired by community-based research.

Storytelling for Community-Based Projects is offered in partnership with The Generator Makerspace. 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.

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