High School Workshops through ArtStarts

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You can now bring SWB into your high school classroom. We are offering a series of workshops and residencies that can be adapted to address themes relevant across high school curricula.

Teachers wishing to bring SWB into their classes can receive gants of up to $3,500 for small- to medium-scale projects, and up to $10,000 for large-scale projects through ArtStarts‘, Artists in the Classroom (AIC) grants! Check here to learn more!

Workshops and residencies available include, but are not limited to:


Litanies and Details: Our Stories The World

This workshop begins with a reading of Jamaica Kincaid’s short story, Girl. Students analyze Kincaid’s work, and through collage, oral storytelling practices, and writing prompts, students explore the ways in which the socio-political, historical, and cultural contexts of the broader world can be illuminated through rich description of the details of their lives; the power of their unique perspectives; and the way personal narrative can offer a potent entry point into universal questions. Students experiment with techniques in: character development, voice, point of view, environment, symbolism and theme. Students develop their own short works, which are compiled and printed as a zine, and added to an online archive.


Where the Story Lives

Using interdisciplinary activities drawn from Theatre of the Oppressed, Authentic Movement, and La Pocha Nostra’s Performance Art Pedagogy, in combination with writing prompts and, research, students in this workshop explore the many places where language and story reside: the body, environment, memory, historical record, and the imagination. Each student creates one new cross-disciplinary work, which is developed for performance in the classroom, or beyond.

And So It Might Be…
Drawing from the tradition of speculative fiction, this workshop offers students the exciting opportunity to imagine their school/community, seven generations into the future. Together, they identify what that future world is like: its environment, culture, food, music, forms of social organization, political dynamics, and on. Students then generate a small cast of diverse characters who must face the challenges of that future world together. In response to prompts, each student develops a short piece of writing that is eventually mobilized in the formation of a larger story that is written collaboratively by the entire class.

Teachers interested in bringing SWB into their classes should contact us at storywebe[at]gmail[dot]com!