Working Title: The Peoples History Roadshow
Project Type: Alternative Education
Short Description: a pedagogy for the creative learning and
telling of personal and oral history
Background: This method of teaching and learning arises from the
connections I make between creativity and education. I conceived it
with the enthusiastic input and support of musician/social historian
David Rovics, and have come up with several "test" projects
that will allow me to apply the method to particular situations ans
assess the results.
Funding Method: Various depending on specific project
Participants: This method aims to be both scaleable and
transferable. Ideally it can be undertaken by almost any combination
of artist/s and oral historian/s.
Status: Conception stage, yet to be tested
Purpose: Experience/interpret the relationship between art and the
real world, using local and oral history.
Step 1: The History Bit
Find a group of students- a class, a club, a nursing home, a
workplace, whatever. Teach them how to do conduct oral history
interviews, and either send them off to collect stories of local
history, or provide them with previously collected works on the
topic/s they feel are most about them and where they live/work. Bring
all the research back to the group, analyse the stories and pick the
ones that are best for rendering creatively.
Step 2: The Art Bit
Bring in the artist to assist in telling those stories creatively,
as a group.
Step 3: Share the Result with the Local Community
Videos, stage shows, songbooks, archives, talks and presentations
How do we share it as history? How do we share it as art? It's up
to the creators...
Advantages of the Model:
Scaleable- in size, length and complexity depending on location
and funding. For example, you could expand the history bit to include
dealing with local archives, newspapers etc, and conflate steps 2 and
3 to give all the kids an experience of art as an industrial/work
activity, ie doing industry stuff. It could be a series of short
workshops, or an extended course. And of course you could always take
on several artists in different media or do shows for a festival.
Replicable- in the sense that the only resource that's absolutely
necessary is an artist and an educator and it would be easy to learn
how to do it. So it doesn't just have to be you and I- we could do it
anywhere and with almost anyone separately or together.
Flexible- useable with any type of learner of any age, in any
location, with any theme or focus and any type of art.
Marketable- We can tailor the topic and approach to the needs of
whoever is paying us to do it.
Sustainable- the model can easily be taught to others and made
available as a project creation method/structure.