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An Oral History, Performance and Digital Humanities Outreach Project of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC

For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights, is a dynamic humanities project in which approximately a dozen senior citizens from the Baltimore area will tell, write, perform and digitally publish personal stories about their involvement with the struggle for civil rights.

The project brings diverse seniors together for a series of oral history interviews under the guidance of oral historian, Harriet Lynn, who uses their written accounts to create a script that the participants will perform at venues including museums, libraries, parks and college campuses from November 2012 - February 2013. Audiences include area K-12 school children, who will participate in talk backs with the performers following each live presentation, resulting in rich, first-person history lessons for the students.

In the spring of 2013, the same group of seniors will work with University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) students who will help them to realize their stories in a digital video format. The final results will be published on UMBC’s digital storytelling site (umbc.edu/stories) and distributed online via iTunes U. A short documentary film will record the entire program beginning with their first meeting in September 2012 and ending in May 2013 with the web launch of the digital stories.

For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights is a community outreach program of the Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture (CADVC) at UMBC. It is organized by Sandra Abbott, CADVC’s curator of collections and outreach in collaboration with Harriet Lynn, producer/artistic director of Heritage Theatre Artists’ Consortium, and in association with UMBC’s New Media Center. The program is supported in part by the Maryland Humanities Council. Program partners include Eating Together in Baltimore, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Mosaic Center, UMBC, the Reginald F. Lewis, Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Senior Citizen Division of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. Media partners include Beacon Press, Senior Digest, Baltimore County, Urbanite Magazine, and WYPR. For all the World to Hear is inspired by the concurrent CADVC project, For All The World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, curated by Dr. Maurice Berger, CADVC’s Research Professor and Chief Curator. Learn more below or at foralltheworldtosee.org.

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is a non-profit organization dedicated to organizing comprehensive exhibitions, the publication of catalogs, CDs, DVDs, and books on the arts, and educational and community outreach projects.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

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