Story and Why
"Your Life is Your Story" Recommendation
The Legacies Encinitas
Story Arts Youth/Elder
Story Arts Project
is an inter-generational project in Encinitas, California. The project
is now a national model that honors the important role Elders hold in
our culture. This is done by celebrating them through Youth-generated
story art works. The result is an invaluable community legacy that can
be exhibited throughout a local region.
nonprofit group of artists and custom publishers based in Encinitas (The
StoryArts, Inc.) organized, implemented and funded this
project. They teamed young people with elders in their community. The
youth interviewed the elders and the stories were transribed. The
finished collage art book also included family photos and was put
together over a series of four workshops.
is the great task of Elders in any society to pass on the fruits of
their accumulated life lessons, embedded within their life stories, to
the younger generation. Therefore a mature society always honors its
Elders, by establising a way for them to share their wisdom. Without
this rite of passage we continue to stumble again and again over
ordinary obstacles life presents to us, as well as waste our
foreparents' hard-earned knowing without even noticing we are doing so.
Story Art Readings and Exhibits are designed especially to bring Youth
and Elders together to pass on the Elders' life stories through story
art works. By doing this, not only can we prevent losing our Elders'
accumulated wisdom, a social tragedy, we can actually provide a way to
preserve and invest our older citizen's rich life experiences in our
Youth's budding creativity.
think this is a great project and it shows how a few motivated people
can empower a community to preserve their Elders stories while passing
on valuable lessons to young people.
The Encinitas Youth/Elder Story Art Project is our
current "Highlight Site".
Visit The Legacies Story Arts Project
Everybody has a story to tell!
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