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ERIC Number: EJ823269
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
To All My Relations
Mayers, Dara
Teaching Tolerance, n23 p12-17 Spr 2003
This article describes Elder's Wisdom, Children's Song (EWCS), an innovative community arts initiative wherein Minnesota youth and elders turn life histories into song. According to the project's founder, Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Larry Long, the interdisciplinary and intergenerational effort seeks to "honor elders, educate students and celebrate community." Long has taken the program into hundreds of public schools across the country, using collaborative songwriting to accomplish these goals. In the first step of the EWCS workshop process, a committee of teachers, administrators and community volunteers select a group of local "elders"--adults of any age who have given something back to the community that nurtured them. Elders can be teachers or staff members within the school, grandparents, neighbors or civic leaders. The only requirement is that the honorees as a group reflect the cultural, gender and class diversity of the local community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota