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Discovering Community Summer Institute 2019

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Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium

1302 Main Street

Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819

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Vermont Folklife Center hosts a four-day intensive exploring digital storytelling, media making, ethnography and community based research.

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The Vermont Folklife Center’s "Discovering Community Summer Institute" brings together educators from across the state for a four-day intensive from August 12-15, 2019 at The Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, VT.

With an emphasis on collaboration, the intensive will serve as both a project incubator as well as a professional development course. Three graduate credits through Castleton University are available upon request.

Discovering Community provides an introduction to collaborative ethnography and digital storytelling for the classroom, offering hands-on experience for methods of community-based research and documentary media making. Working with community resources and digital media provides a toolkit for personalized, student-led learning experiences. Participants will explore how this kind of research develops proficiency and transferable skills: clear and effective communication, responsible and involved citizenship, creative and practical problem solving, and informed and integrative thinking.

By engaging with cultural researchers, community-based artists, media specialists, and fellow educators, participants gain access to the power of ethnographic field research and working with digital audio, video, and photography as storytelling tools. Using the whole of St. Johnsbury as an experiential classroom, Discovering Community models simple strategies for deepening students’ relationships to their own hometowns.

Day 1: Collaborative Ethnography & Observation

Day 2: Community-based Research & Media Making

Day 3: Immersive Fieldwork & Project Development

Day 4: Digital Storytelling in Classroom & Community

Eight additional hours of in-classroom and/or on-site support by VFC staff is included in the Summer Institute tuition. Participants will leave the Institute with a project outline that includes support from VFC visiting educators.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds after August 1, 2019. Written cancellation notice (email or snail mail) must be received by that date for a refund minus a $50 administrative fee.

For further information you can contact us at 802-388-2854 or tdenton@vermontfolklifecenter.org.

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