Bellow you will find photos my last storytelling workshop with seniors: Storytelling @ Prospect Hill part of the 2015 SPARC program.
Also for your connivance, scroll down to find links to:
– Work-sample video.
– In addition I have included a short list of testimonial quotes from participant’s and the audience gathered after our final presentation in June of 2105.
PHOTOS from Storytelling at Prospect Hill Senior Services Center – 2015 (Part of the SPARC program)
In 2015, Cyndi Freeman and collaborator Dawn Fraser were awarded an artist in residency with the Seniors Partnering with Artists City Wide (SPARC). From January to June, they organized a Storytelling Program at Prospect Hill Senior Services Center, Meliora Dockery worked with them as a co-facilitator.
These are photos taken during the project featuring seniors participants, facilitators Cyndi Freeman, Dawn Fraser & Meliora Dockery and audience members present at our final show.
CYNDI FREEMAN – RESUME
VIDEO WORK SAMPLE
View here or please go to: https://vimeo.com/147032482
Testimonials from Storytelling at Prospect Hill Senior Services Center – 2015 (Part of the SPARC program)
– PARTICPANTS –
“Before this workshop we [seniors] didn’t really know each other, but this has brought us together and we have learned about one another’s experiences and realized how much we have in common even though our backgrounds are sometimes so different.”
“The staff, they did a terrific job, because not only did they know every one of us by name, but they also knew the stories that each one of us was telling in detail, they were able to help those who couldn’t tell their story, they knew it all! And I think it takes a lot of something in the mind to be able to do that.”
“I enjoyed it and I really loved it, it was something I never did before, a new experience, I am so glad that I participated in it. The storytellers (referring to facilitators and guest artists) were so interested in us, that was really something to me. It was enjoyable to know that we were able to do it and had the opportunity; it brightened my life. I surprised myself, really I just told it as it is and it worked out fine. I enjoyed hearing stories from each of us; you never know what’s happened in people’s lives. When you don’t know people, some times you shy away from them, but here you listen and communicate.”
“I never told a story before and I like the story telling because it helps me open myself. I never talk about no stories – no nothing. In my story I felt that god was with me and god helped me out and he is protecting me all the way! If they offered the storytelling I would do it again. They helped me a lot and it helps me, how to think about saying things. I learned about other peoples experience because I hear all their stories. I didn’t miss one class! I liked it, I really liked it. Sometimes it is hard to talk in front of people, but this made it easy.”
– AUDIENCE –
“The memories that these people have and their stories are really fascinating, and the fact that they have a few years on most of us, gives them a depth and compassion that you sometimes don’t see in regular storytelling, I declare this a complete success and I am so glad I came! And they are going to do it again, and I will be back.”
“The stories were great, I enjoyed the one about coming to the airport and nobody being there. That happened to me when I was younger. Please get another grant and come back, we need you! It was great”
“I was very impressed with the stories and how the interesting the people are, I would love to come again. One of the ladies told a story about her and her husband how they had been married for so long, how they met at the post office, he had worked there for 50 years. And they were together everywhere they went, it reminded me of my husband and me, we have been married for 26 years and we are never apart except for work, so her story made me think of my relationship with my husband and it touched me, it really touched me.”
“Everybody really has an interesting story to tell, I thought it was incredible, it was really good, really good. Stories are important, first I think there is always a sense that if you don’t tell a story, when you die, the knowledge is gone, but it is also part of the community sprit here, your involving yourself and others in your life, its very important, its really been a pleasurable experience and I hope they can do it again.”