Arts

Intergenerational Storytelling Project: Seniors and Students Build Relationships Through Narrative Art

July 1st, 2020|Categories: Arts, Consultancy, Cultural and Personal Identity|Tags: , , , , |

Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, Voice of Witness (VOW) engaged in a consultancy and collaboration with Sequoia Living, a local nonprofit organization that provides housing and services to impacted seniors in San Francisco, and Ida B. Wells High School. VOW supported an intergenerational storytelling project that focused on relationship building between [...]

Voice of Witness Summer Oral History Activity Packet for Students

June 30th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education|Tags: , |

Welcome to all students, parents, and educators! We hope you are enjoying your summer in any way you can, especially after the end of a strange school year. The Voice of Witness education team put together this oral history toolkit as a small project that can help students stretch their art and communication muscles while [...]

100cameras x Voice of Witness: A New Visual and Narrative Storytelling Program for Students

June 29th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Consultancy, Education|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: @wiiild.elle Apply now for the new program to support your students in telling their stories through photography and personal narrative. The 100cameras x Voice of Witness program collaboration is designed to work partnership with local schools, community centers, children’s homes, or enrichment programs to equip students with the tools they need [...]

Oral History in the Classroom Q&A: Creating a Community Cookbook

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Voice of Witness has an ongoing consultancy with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), providing professional development to middle and high school teachers and librarians. VOW’s trainings offer oral history and personal narrative workshops centered around increasing student visibility and voice, as well as connecting oral history projects to district standards for writing and [...]

Seeing the U.S.-Mexico Border through the Eyes of a Refugee

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Borders and Boundaries, Events, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

by Gabriel Mendez In early July, Voice of Witness reached out to me and told me about a protest in El Paso happening on July 5th, where artists would perform, talking about their experiences at the border and how the conditions in detention centers are inhumane. I got really interested because I feel that everything related to [...]

“Are You Colombian? Sorry.” Danny’s Story in Throwing Stones at the Moon

September 9th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Colombia, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Narrators, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we’re resurfacing powerful stories from every oral history book in our series. Though time has passed since these stories were first published, many of the themes and issues they address are as relevant and important as ever. For [...]

“Happiness.” Student Stories from Impact Academy

September 6th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows|Tags: , , , , , |

By Stephanie He | Based on an interview conducted with Caroline Le Stephanie He is a student at Impact Academy of Art and Technology in Hayward, CA. This story was written as part of a classroom project led by our Germanacos Fellow, Maria Bucon-Scales. After reading oral histories and The Things They Carried, Maria's students interviewed a [...]

Meet Our Summer Interns Margaret and Eliana

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Education, Say It Forward|Tags: , , , , , |

This summer, we have been fortunate to have four wonderful interns join us to support our work. In this post, two of our interns Margaret O'Hare from Haverford College and Eliana Swerdlow from Yale reflect on their summer at VOW. Margaret O’Hare My internship at Voice of Witness this summer has been an incredible learning experience and [...]

Meet Our Summer Interns Molly and Ari

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Education|Tags: , , , |

This summer, we have been fortunate to have four wonderful interns join us to support our work. In this post, two of our interns Molly Hawkins and Ari Kim from Haverford College reflect on their summer at VOW. Molly Hawkins In mid-July, Ari, Margaret, and I were able to attend an oral history workshop [...]

Oral History Projects from our 2018-19 Germanacos Fellows

July 26th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows|Tags: , , , , , |

Since 2015, the VOW Education Program's Sharing History Initiative has supported passionate and underfunded teachers, storytellers, and community leaders in bringing social justice-based storytelling into their communities. In summer of 2016, the VOW Education Program launched the Germanacos Fellowship for Sharing History, which provides support for outstanding Sharing History Initiative participants to explore groundbreaking new [...]