Thursday, December 23, 2010


YouthStream, a program of StoryStream Cambridge funded by a grant from Target, has begun with a bang at the Media Arts Studio at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  Here is the latest report from Ginny Berkowitz, Program Manager of Cambridge Educational Access TV:

The fall was very active at CEATV. Starting in October 2010 a select group of veteran producers from Youth View Cambridge began the pilot project for CEATV’s YouthStream Project. Working with Media Instructor Louisa Ehrich, they created three distinct digital stories centering on the theme of “Corners.”  Meanwhile CEATV met Matthew Swaiden, a graduate student at the Harvard Design School, who is experimenting with a people’s history video installation project in Cambridge. Compelled by the student work created in our pilot workshop, he will be including some of their digital stories in his building community history project with interactive viewer stations across the city of Cambridge. Swaiden will start with CRLS student Alexandros Zervos’ piece set in East Cambridge.  Alex’s story takes place at a bus stop and the story will be posted there with a monitor and audio for viewing. Stay tuned for a launch date!
Our next storytelling project is set to begin on January 25th with our middle school after school production program that serves students from across the City.  We will keep you posted as those stories become available.             

In addition we are planning to launch a winter/spring audio storytelling project! "No Soap … Radio?" will be offered as part of YouthStream and as an offshoot of the Media Arts Studio Radio Club. Using the 'no soap radio' theme, which is a traditional punch line for a prank joke, content will examine ‘groupthink’ and the need to conform to one's peers. Student producers will learn how to create and upload stories that produce a dramatic series in the soap opera genre. Students will work with a storytelling instructor to create the series including research, story scripting, and performing. Students will also work with a media instructor to learn the technology of Internet ‘radio’. The series will be developed over the winter/spring semester and then be available on our web site for community and school listening, and included as part of our Homeroom newscasts at CRLS.
Our hope is to showcase all stories produced through our collaboration with StoryStream Cambridge for the public’s viewing and listening pleasure in May during Cambridge Open Studios, the planned StoryStream Storytelling Festival, and at the Media Arts Studio Annual Media Fair.

December is Storytelling Month at King/Amigos Library

A parent at Amigos School tells a story of a Chinese princess sent to marry a Malaysian king.
At the Amigos School on Putnam Avenue, families have been invited to come share stories with their child's class during library time.

At the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School the fifth graders have each chosen a Native American story gathered by Joseph Bruchac, and have practiced telling the stories to each other before sharing them with younger students.  They will also make their own story bags.

For more information about Storytelling Month, please visit the King/Amigos Library blog.