Once upon a time…Bridges Together participated in a community storytelling event.
At the core of good intergenerational programming is the unspoken belief that that everyone – no matter their age – has a story to share. “Story” is why each program of the Bridges Program Curricula Suite includes self-reflection questions and why all of our trainings and workshops ask participants to recall a specific older adult from their own lives.
That being said, Bridges Together is absolutely thrilled to be the “featured nonprofit” during Fugitive Stories’ last storytelling event of the year on Sunday, May 21 at 6:30 pm at The Gallery at Villageworks in West Acton. (Doors open at 6 pm and you can purchase your tickets [$10 online/$12 at the door] here.) Bridges Together Founder and Executive Director Andrea J. Fonte Weaver and high school student and Bridges participant Becca Cohn will be the BT storytellers at this event. The theme of this month’s event is “Stranger” and in addition to Andrea and Becca, storytellers will include The Moth GrandSLAM winner Christine Gentry, educator and acclaimed storyteller Kemp Harris (a Bridges Together friend!), educator Jo-Ann Berry and civil rights advocate and BU Professor Sal Lopes.
Fugitive Stories, a collaboration between Acton residents David Gerratt and Rose Saia, produces Moth-style storytelling events featuring both seasoned, award-winning storytellers and “newbies” from local nonprofits. According to Gerratt, “I strongly believed that people in Acton and nearby communities wanted to hear and share stories…We felt that storytelling would help build bridges in our community.” And of course, Bridges Together is all about building bridges!
If you are local, we’d love to have you join us! Come support this fantastic community initiative while also supporting Bridges Together.