The bag is the outcome of research conducted this summer by WhyArts intern Lori Tatreau, who graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) earlier this month with a master’s degree in public administration in nonprofit management. Her final capstone project for her MPA was a case study of three national story-based nonprofit programs: 826 National, The Moth and Story Pirates.
Each story bag will contain a group of objects that can be used to help create stories across a variety of creative platforms – oral, written, performance-based, video and more. The objects will be as varied as the teaching artists themselves, everything from a swath of fabric to cookie cutters.
The goal is to have the audience create a three- to four-minute story inspired by a bag’s contents. The story bag workshops will allow participants to engage at their level in a way that promotes creativity and encourages them to use their own voices.
The teaching artists will be able to experiment with different objects in different workshop settings, as a cabinet of potential bag contents will be housed at WhyArts headquarters in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at UNO.
To book a WhyArts Story Bag experience for your classroom or organization, email Carolyn.firstname.lastname@example.org.