Stories are passed down for for several reasons – to share histories, to inspire dreams, to memorialize moments…at Kids4Peace, story telling is an important tool that allows each of us to recognize how our experiences influence our role in advocating for justice. Day seven began as with a storytelling workshop that set the foundation in place for our next two days. On this day, students began digging into their personal experiences and considering how those experiences directed their presence at International Camp.
In continuation of the storytelling workshops that framed our previous day, day eight was a continuation of the power of story telling and the different ways that you can tell and share stories. Two of our camp counselors brought their expertise in sharing expression through spoken word and theatre of the oppressed.
We have been lucky to shape the participation of our kids at camp with the skills and talents of our staff who are experienced in respective backgrounds. As Kiren led her workshop on spoken word, she shared some performances that she had done with a youth slam poetry group that she started with a group of friends, Muslim Girls Making Change. During this session, participants had the opportunity to listen, practice, and create their own pieces.
Our Theatre of the Oppressed workshop was led by Emily, who is getting ready to take her acting skills from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to London at the Royal Academy of the Arts. During her session, Emily led campers through exercises and discussions on power. The techniques that she shared are part of an international movement that uses theatre as a means of promoting social and political change.