Being able to read and relate to a story written by someone else is a key aspect of literacy. But the ability to craft personal stories in ways that engage others is also important to cultural transmission. The word “storytelling” can conjure up visions of something child-centered or even childish. But Speakeasy DC helps adults claim this essential art form.
Speakeasy DC teaches and promotes the craft of storytelling, with a focus on autobiographical stories that help build communities. Through workshops, classes, and performances, adults “flex creative muscles,” learning to listen and be heard. Participants use storytelling to reflect on their lives, connect with others, and embrace different perspectives. Story exchanges foster shared public narratives, shaped from the inside.
HOME SWEET HOME is a special project based east of the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia. Residents of those neighborhoods are encouraged to learn narration and performance arts and to share their experiences of “home.” Learning begins with a 7-hour “boot camp” this weekend.
East of the River, what’s your story?
Help us capture the history of your neighborhood through your personal life stories. Join Speakeasy DC for Storytelling Boot Camp, March 21, 10-5 p.m. at R.I.S.E Demonstration Center @St. Elizabeth’s East.
NOTE: At air-time, a few slots remained. Call 202-630-9828 and/or visit Speakeasy DC to register.
Listen to Track 2 below for more on storytelling, adult learning, and Speakeasy DC —
The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC, Thursdays
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The Education Town Hall BUS is a monthly program
organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March.
The program regularly airs on the 4th Thursday of each month.