Urban Classroom

In the Footsteps of Giants

Documenting Family Stories in Print, Audio or Film

Have you been wanting to document a part of your family history? Is your house filled with photos and videos that you’d like to curate and make into something special? If you would like to highlight one person’s story – or a larger collective history – this is your chance! You’ll learn how to interview, use materials at your disposal and get going on a project that reflects the indelible worth of your loved ones and legacy. With Jamie Yuenger, the Founding Director of Storykeep.

Six sessions on Tuesdays: October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and November 1stand 8th   

6:30-8:30pm  

$350

Eventbrite - Documenting Family Stories in Print, Audio or Film

Wisdom Workshops: Finding the Muses in Personal and Ancient Mythologies  

Myths can inspire revolutions. Bring us to our knees. Fire the greatest works of art. How do myths work in your life? What stories do you tell, and what stories tell you? Together, through reading, writing, and dialogue, we’ll dive into myths both ancient and modern that burst our creativity open and help us make meaning in our lives. Taught by Leigh Melander, who has a doctorate in cultural mythology and psychology; serves on the board of the Joseph Campbell Foundation; hosts a weekly NPR affiliate show, Myth America; and is the co-founder of Spillian, a creative retreat center in the Catskills.

Six sessions on Tuesdays: October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and November 1stand 8th

6:30-8:30pm

$350

Eventbrite - Wisdom Workshops: Finding the Muses in Personal and Ancient Mythologies

Multimedia Storytelling: Documenting Your Communities

Using digital media, this class will change the way you listen and tell stories. We’ll cover audio and recording techniques, interviewing skills, photography and video on your own devices from cameras to smartphones, covering technical personal and ethical aspects of community documentation. We will also work with you to shape material that you have already photographed or videotaped. Bring your own equipment – camera, smartphone, or other. You’ll come away with a 2-3 minute piece.

Six sessions on Sundays: October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, and November 6th

1:00 – 3:00pm

$300

Eventbrite - Multimedia Storytelling: Documenting Your Communities

Aesthetics of the Street

Ever found yourself walking down the street and been surprised to see something new only to find out that the “new” thing has always been there?  Few of us notice the details of the urban landscape in which we live and, thus, may have limited awareness of how that landscape influences our daily lives and how our individual lives shape that landscape in return. This course provides an introduction to the life of the street. More than a manner of getting from here to there, the materiality of the street speaks to us of its history, its forms communicate meaning, and its aesthetics articulate changing ideas of beauty and use.  The course will take place both indoors and outdoors.  We will learn about the historical concept of “the street” and examine street art and artistry, material culture such as signage, storefronts, and ephemera, and social behavior.  And we will have some cool walkabouts, exploring our topics and coming to know a street or two.  Our aim is twofold: an enhanced understanding of the street and a deeper engagement with who and what we see and experience there.  Taught by folklorist and anthropologist E. B. Gallardo.

Four sessions on Sundays: October 16th, 23rd and 30th, and November 6th

3:30 – 5:30 pm

$200

Eventbrite - Aesthetics of the Street

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