MCA Students Present “The Art of Storytelling”

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
(901) 272-5111

April 18, 2014 

MCA Students Present The Art of Storytelling

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Eleven students from MCA Instructor Elaine Blanchard’s Storytelling class will present artwork and stories in The Art of Storytelling on Saturday, April 26, 8 p.m. at Theatre South, First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper.

As part of their class study, the students practiced improving their listening skills, visiting five groups of marginalized neighbors including homeless people, incarcerated women, adults with developmental disabilities, residents in long-term care facilities and men who were recently released after long periods of incarceration. They engaged in conversation with members of each group and then chose one person as the focus of their individual class project, creating artwork inspired by the powerful stories.

Blanchard teaches listening skills from experience—she is a storyteller, writer, nurse and ordained minister. She was recently recognized as the Vision Award Winner among the 2014 Women of Achievement for her project “Prison Stories,” in which female inmates were given the chance to tell their life stories as part of a play. As Blanchard explains, “Every person has value and a significant story to share.”

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