Regional storytelling programs
For those who may not have the time or resources to fully participate in Generation Exchange, the Kansas City region offers a variety of storytelling programs. Listed below are a sampling of programs, descriptions and contact information.
A Couple of Characters is a non-profit senior theatre company, specializing in workshops and performances featuring Memory Puppets. We provide opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in interactive creative arts therapies through storytelling and drama. Programs are designed to engage participants in a variety of theatre activities that ignite the imagination, spark memories and celebrate life narratives. Our puppet shows offer a participatory experience involving audiences of all ages in a meaningful intergenerational exchange.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
Johnson County Library has several BiFolkal Kits available for check out. Topics associated with Generation Exchanges themes include: Aprons, which explores the thoughts and memories tied to aprons and provides an opportunity to discuss how women’s roles have changed through the years; Remembering African-American Lives, which includes reminiscences of a teacher as she sorts through memorabilia in her trunk; Remembering Automobiles; Remembering the Fifties; Remembering the Sixties; Remembering Fun and Games; Remembering School Days; Remembering Summertime; Remembering the Home Front; and many more.
For more information or to request a kit, contact 913/826-4384.
BiFolkal Kits are a packaged program of multi-media resources in a bag designed to bring back memories on a broad appeal. For more information, view BiFolkal Productions website: www.bifolkal.org
Digital Storytelling Project
Audience: Kansas City, Mo., School District fifth-grade classes
This program taps into the power of story to transform lives and connect communities. It introduces fifth-grade students in the Kansas City, Mo., School District to the Library's history resources by helping them create stories using packets of information from the collection. This program also offers an opportunity for participating fifth-grade students and others through schools and after-school organizations, as well as with those who choose to engage on their own to demonstrate how to use technology to create personal digital stories utilizing audio voiceovers combined with photographs, music, ambient sounds and/or video.
The Digital Storytelling Project’s goal is to introduce young people to the concept that they are creators of history, that the stories of their lives and the lives of people they know in their families and neighborhoods are significant and worth discovering and preserving. Plans also include showcasing the creations of students and other participants on the KC Public Library website.
For further information, contact:
Central Youth Services
For more information, contact: 816/701-3441
I’maStory is a free-service website for older adults who want to write their life story, as well as offering a lesson plan for educators and a questions guidelines for students. The website allows users to include images, a time capsule and a new format with a one-hour workshop video.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library
Audience: Individuals, organizations and businesses interested in the art of story
The Story Center serves as a regional resource for the storytelling arts, building on the capacity of citizens, organizations, businesses and communities to foster and develop a broader understanding of literacy through opportunities to develop both storytelling and communication skills. By providing technology and classes, cultivating a world-class collection of storytelling materials and actively connecting the community through partnerships, the Story Center encourages the creation and dissemination of the story that is within us all.
For more information contact: Story Center, 816/883-4900
Tell Me A Story
Tell Me A Story is a Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) initiative to record and preserve the memories, stories and living history of residents in the Kansas City metro area. Appointments can be made at the Midwest Genealogy Center branch. Tell Me A Story is a recorded conversation between two people who know each other. During that time, a segment of one person's life or a shared memory is recorded, archived and shared on the Midwest Genealogy Center's website. An alternative recording option is the Tell Me A Story kits, which may be checked out with an MCPL library card. The recording is completed then returned to the library. A CD of the recording is given to the customer and the recording is archived and shared on the website.
For further information contact: Midwest Genealogy Center, 816/883-4900