CPI artists have been working with students of all ages for 20 years. Finding your story, and learning how to write about, record and present it are lessons that can be lifechanging for students from the elementary to the postgraduate level. Below are some of the offerings that can be used in your:
- College or High School level Playwrighting class
- Summer museum art camp
- Elementary school community performance production
- Middle school family and local history project
- Multi-generational geneology project
- Videography and documentary film-making
- and other arts education programs
Co-creating a Full Length Script of Community PerformanceDescription: Participants learn to collect and craft stories into a full length script in this one week intensive workshop. Participant writers exchange stories with volunteers, surface themes, transcribe stories, write scenes, order and integrate these into a script with the Master Story Crafter. Class learns Community Performance playwriting based on student-written scenes from gathered transcripts, with each student writing a scene and the class together crafting a full play.
Duration: 5 days, four hours/day (or night), all day Saturday.
Target Audience/Size: 10-20 writers --An organization, school, camp, club with novice or experienced writers interested in creating their own Community Performance script. Public script reading and discussion on Saturday night concludes the process.
Special Requirements: Storytellers to interview. Audio recording equipment, computers for transcription.
Takeaways: Finished draft script for Community Performance, suitable for public performance, written by community writers and Master Story Crafter.
Staffing: Master Story Crafter and assistant
Duration: 3 hours
Special Requirements: Large open room(s).
Takeaways: Trust building. Creative team building. Diversity training.
Staffing: Master Story Crafter, assistant
Panning for Gold
- Introducing self and project
- Establishing rapport
- Priming the story pump
- Listening to deepen empathy
- The power of silence to take a teller deeper
- Asking for details
- Saying "Thank you."
Duration: Two Hours
Target Audience/Size: 6 to 60. Community Performance projects, Ethnography students, school students (local history/generational history), Local history organizations.
Special Requirements: One digital audio recorder.
Takeaways: A Confident and cohesive group of volunteers ready to participate in a story exchange as part of a larger project in organizational cohesion, Community Performance, or development of communicative agency.
Staffing: One Master Story Crafter
Story Exchange (Laboratory)
Duration: Two Hours and online follow-up on transcription.
Target Audience/Size: 6 to 20
Special Requirements: Digital Recording equipment.
Takeaways: Increased awareness of story in community. Practical experience in story exchange. Increased communication and public speaking skills.
Staffing: Master Story Crafter
Who We Are and How We Move Forward
The Stories We're Made OfDescription: Understand your organization more deeply through its stories. The Master Story Crafters at CPI have listened deeply and long to the stories of organizations. Through reverent listening they move to the heart of the matter. On site, or at your gathering (annual meeting, board retreat, picnic, reunion, anniversary), they will draw forth organizational stories that teach, define, and inspire. Through discussion, video, presentation, or print material (your choice) our experts will reflect back the ideas and stories that define your organization.
Add ons: For even more "standing in your shoes" impact, this project can be presented as a performance starring your people.
Duration: Several hours of contact, transcription, layout, reporting (more if the performance modality is chosen).
Target Audience/Size: 10 to 30 individual interviews, or several story circles. Interviews and stories drawn from a group of any size.
Special Requirements: Quiet and lovely place for the story sharing
Takeaways: Insight into the deep purposes of your organization, its transformation stories, stories that catch your group being as good as it gets. The process informs planning and branding.
Staffing: One or more Master Story Crafters, photographer, videographer, editor/producer