Intergenerational Storytelling with Sequoia Living
“Several residents have cried telling their social workers how this is the best thing that’s happened to them in a long time.” – Sequoia Living Intergenerational Specialist, Taryn Patterson.
This Voice of Witness consultancy is a 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 is supporting an intergenerational storytelling project that focuses on relationship building through the co-creation of story art including oral history, photography, painting, and more. Through weekly student visits to the Willie B. Kennedy Senior Center, students and seniors build strong intergenerational relationships through oral history, creating visual art based on their personal narratives. The finished narrative art collages will be displayed at the Western Addition branch of the San Francisco Public Library.
Based on early reports from seniors and students, the project is resonating deeply with participants.
Ida B. Wells high school student Daniella G. reflected: “It’s very self-therapeutic. It helps you talk about what you have in mind. You can share it with other people, and even though we just met, we feel very comfortable with each other.”
Senior Vicky Blake has been similarly moved by the project: “It’s been inspiring to be with these young ladies. Finding out their wisdom, their strengths, their weaknesses, their fears, their growths. To be here with the future is very powerful for me.”
Sequoia Living Intergenerational Specialist, Taryn Patterson, said: “Several residents have cried telling their social workers how this is the best thing that’s happened to them in a long time.”