Story circles bring people together in an equitable, collective experience to share their stories. In facilitating reflective meetings among professional practitioners story circle participants have found it to be a profound way of generating insight from personal and professional experience while creating a democratic atmosphere and a safe space for expression. Leaders of social change efforts have used story circle to stimulate memory, share experiences, and/or to build community solidarity through remembering events, people, or repertoires. They refer to this as ‘creating a tapestry of community.” Come, take part, and learn how to facilitate!
This experiential workshop will share techniques of the Story Circle, as learned from John O’Neal of Junebug Productions. Participants will learn the principles and techniques of facilitating and holding space for sharing stories as a forum for community/civic engagement and social change.
Carlton Turner is the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional nonprofit arts organization based in the south supporting artists working at the intersection of arts and social justice.
Carlton Turner is cofounder and coartistic director, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of the group M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction). M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a Mississippibased performing arts group that blends of jazz, hiphop, spoken word poetry and soul music together with nontraditional storytelling.
Carlton is currently on the board of Appalshop, First People’s Fund, Imagining America, and an advisory member to the National Theater Project at New England Foundation for the Arts. Carlton is a member of the We Shall Overcome Fund Advisory Committee at the Highlander Research and Education Center, a steering committee member of the Arts x Culture x Social Justice Network, and former Network of Ensemble Theaters steering committee member.
In 2011 Carlton was awarded the M. Edgar Rosenblum award for outstanding contribution to Ensemble Theater by Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013 Carlton was named to the Kennedy Center Honors Artist Advisory Board alongside Debbie Allen, Maria De Leon, and Ping Chong. M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a recipient of the 2015 Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre recipient.
Carlton lives in Utica, MS with his wife Brandi and three children Jonathan, Xiauna Lin, and Tristan.
Monday Nov 14, 2016
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Landmark College in the Student Center’s Cafe Court Atrium.
Sliding scale $10 plus materials if needed