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This project (formerly For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights) organized by the Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture, UMBC, is a dynamic humanities project in which approximately 10 older adults from the Baltimore area tell, write, perform, and digitally publish personal stories of their involvement in the struggle for civil rights.
The first part of the project brings senior citizens from inter-racial and inter-faith backgrounds together for a series of oral history interview meetings. With guidance from oral historian, dramaturg, and performance director, Harriet Lynn, their written accounts will result in a script that the participants will perform before diverse audiences in the Baltimore area.
Following each live performance there will be mediated, interactive audience discussions. Performances will be held at sites including museums, libraries, and college campuses. Additionally, CADVC’s long-standing K-14 educational outreach program will activate connections with schools in proximity to performances resulting in a rich, first person history lesson for Baltimore area school children.
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The second half of the program involves the same group of seniors with the Center's ongoing digital publishing initiative through a unique digital storytelling component. Each senior will work with a UMBC student to realize his or her story in digital video format, which will ultimately be published to the Internet at UMBC’s digital story site, (umbc.edu/stories). The digital stories will eventually be introduced and distributed via iTunes U to K-16 schools throughout Maryland and beyond. At this time you can view two stories from the pilot year of our digital storytelling program at these links:
Currently, we are seeking support for completing a documentary film, which chronicles the entire process of developing this community of practice among the seniors and students. The film documents the beginning with their first meeting in September 2012 through the spring of 2013 with the web launch and screening of their digital stories.
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.
Check back for additional updates and links to new digital stories to be published here soon!
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 recommenda-tions expressed in this program or website do not
necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the
Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.
Additional support for the exhibition and educational outreach programs comes from the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.