Oral Narratives Workshop

We’re back for another year of our Artful Aging classes! Storyteller Marjorie Shaefer is back to lead another storytelling workshop for adults 55 and older, starting March 6, 2018. Classes will meet on Tuesdays from 12:00-2:00 PM at the Johnson City Public Library, from March 6-May 8. This free ten-week workshop will help participants explore the structure of story and practice retelling personal experiences in storytelling format. The workshop will conclude with a performance at the Jonesborough International Storytelling Center. Participants will be selected by a lottery system, and the workshop is limited to 16 participants.  For an inside look at JCPL’s Artful Aging Oral Narratives Workshop from last year, watch the video below!

Artful Aging workshops are funded as part of Aroha Philanthropies’ “Seeding Vitality Arts” initiative. In 2017, the Johnson City Public Library offered classes in storytelling, poetry, photography, sculpting, banjo, and mandolin to over 60 people aged 55 or older over the course. Creating art is one of the most effective means of improving well-being in older adults, improving quality of life through better mental, physical, and psychological health. Earlier this month, Johnson City Public Library successfully secured a second year of funding for this program designed to improve the well-being of adults 55 and older.

Lisa Williams, Adult Services Librarian and organizer of Artful Aging at the Johnson City Public Library, says “we’re tremendously excited for our second year!” She continues, saying that the oral narrative workshop last year was a huge success. “At our performance last year, everyone came off the stage and said ‘can we do this again tomorrow?'” Lisa encourages everyone who might be interested to sign up. “This is a great stage of life to try new things. The Artful Aging workshops are a good, safe, and welcoming place to try the arts.”

For more information on this or other Artful Aging programs in 2018, including to register for your chance to participate, call us at 423-434-4454.

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