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Learn about storytelling and social change in Saturday workshop

MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library and Storymatters, a community storytelling group, announce a free interactive workshop to be held Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the Ilsley Public Library. This workshop is aimed at both those interested in storytelling and those interested in positive social change in the local community.
The half-day session will include showing a mix of video clips filmed by and about members of the community, discussing how stories work within a community, and brainstorming projects of story-gathering and sharing, all with the goal of promoting positive change within Middlebury and Addison County.
This workshop will be facilitated by Alisa del Tufo, storyteller, oral historian and founder of the Threshold Collaborative. The Threshold Collaborative uses stories to illuminate and share the experience, insight, knowledge and hopes of people striving for justice and peace. This work creates opportunities for people to participate in community-focused, relationship-rich, creative initiatives that transform the ways we think of each other and ways we envision change. For more information about the Threshold Collaborative, visit www.thresholdcollaborative.org.
This workshop is free and open to the public, but may prove of special interest to staff and volunteers of area nonprofits.
Attendees are invited to attend two related events later that day. At Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, at a time to be announced, artist Kate Gridley will be on hand especially for workshop attendees to discuss her exhibit “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults.”
Using painted canvases, each 30-by-60 inches, and “sound portraits,” audible through cell phone technology, “Passing Through” marks moments in which emerging adults transition to realizing their selves and claim their voices.
At 5 p.m. in McCullough Social Space at Middlebury College, hip hop performance artists, educators and scholars Debangshu Roychoudhury and Lauren Gardner (featured on CNN and the Huffington Post), Kevin Hritz (featured on TEDxYouth Houston) and Middlebury College’s own Debanjan Roychoudhury will give a free interactive lecture and performance on hip hop discourse and its impact on human development from a global perspective.
The showcase will have a suggested donation at the door in order to raise funds for Addison Central Teens (ACT), where Debanjan uses rap/poetry to mentor local youth.
The workshop has been planned and organized by representatives of area organizations, including Ilsley Public Library, Storymatters, Middlebury Community Television, the Vermont Folklife Center, Town Hall Theater, Addison Central Teens, and the Middlebury Department of Parks and Recreation.
For more information, contact Len Rowell of Storymatters, [email protected], or Kurt Broderson of MCTV, [email protected].

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