Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Target Grant -- Good News!

Cambridge Educational Access (CEA) provides media art education, oversees programming for cable educational access channels 98 and 99 and manages the newly renovated Media Arts Studio at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.
We have good news! StoryStream Cambridge has been awarded a Target grant for digital storytelling at the Media Arts Studio. The grant is for $2,000 and will fund storytelling training for staff as they shape a curriculum. It will also fund other teaching artists to work with students as they create and share digital stories. Ginny Berkowitz is the Program Manager of Cambridge Educational Access . The project plans to involve middle school students who participate in the afterschool program and a high school class.

YouthStream is the name of this program…and is part of StoryStream’s promotion of storytelling in Cambridge

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Meeting August 3 2010

Great meeting at CPL with nearly twenty story enthusiasts brainstorming ideas.

StoryStream at the River Festival June 2010

The Storystream Cambridge storytelling tent at Cambridge River Festival was a place of excitement and great stories! It was a wonderful day! From Laura Packer’s interview with Ruth Edmonds Hill to the Sunrise Tony Toledo and KR, to storytelling games, to memory stories with the Literacy Ambassadors (and members of the audience) and then to teens presenting poetry and improv stories…and finishing with residents of Cambridge from the Longfellow neighborhood telling stories of their lives followed by stories told by retired Superintendent of Police David Degou! Sarah Boyer interviewed the Sunrise Club of East Cambridge and David Degou. Penelope Kleespies facilitated the storytelling of the mid-Cambridge residents. Jo Radner welcomed everyone with enthusiasm and highlighted StoryStream Cambridge. Jo also led the Memory Stories. And, of course, a huge thank you to Julie Madden and Jason Weeks and the Cambridge Arts Council.

So many wonderful stories! Many people stopped by and stayed to enjoy listening and participating! And, there were a number of questions about StoryStream…with lots of interest expressed. We had a number of people sign up to receive information about StoryStream. Member agencies and organizations were all listed on our sign of “Partners.”

CCTV filmed the stories and will be airing them at some point. Our workers, Amy Newmark, Carole Withrow, Joan Stern and Maya Escobar were really good!

A wonderful start! More reports to follow. Now we will continue to think and plan.
from Daryl Mark