Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Eva M Abram
Partner Type
Individual
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Using storytelling and acting, I share stories of history and culture to enhance learning. I am constantly inspired by prior generations whose experiences teach us about the challenges and rewards of living in a democracy.  Recognizing that history is forming on a daily basis, I am also inspired by present-day citizens who strive to improve our society.  I rely on my voice and body language to journey into the land of stories.  I breathe life into centuries-old folktales and histories to illustrate their relevance today. Be it folktale or history, these stories of wisdom always leave me (and audiences) with something to ponder or appreciate. Stories remind me of my human frailties, desires, faults and strengths - traits that are   within us all. I am often influenced by current events, so I select stories that tie the past and present together.  The stories I share help us see the truth of our lives today.  Every story has a kernel of wisdom, an emotional truth - this is what connects us. Through storytelling, we learn how we fit into this puzzle that is America and that we have a valuable part to play in our nation’s story.

Contact Information

First Name
Eva
Last Name
Abram
Address
P.O. Box 9522
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98109-0522
Phone
(206) 693-0630

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
African and African American folktales; American History; Multicultural Tales
Discipline
STORYTELLING

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
Yes
Experience with Students in Special Education
None

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
My philosophy is based on the knowledge that storytelling is human nature - an innate need to communicate our experiences in order to connect with each other.  Traditional oral storytelling developed out of that need and the actual practice of early human exchanges.  With this in mind, I approach storytelling as a conversation between myself and the audience.  As I tell, I am constantly observing the audience to evaluate what is occurring.  Following the telling, discussion time with the audience further facilitates communication to evaluate whether objectives are being met. Before going into the classroom, it is necessary to have discussions with teachers regarding their students: —What are their needs —What does the educator want the artist to provide —How does my storytelling fit into the curriculum —How can we all work together to be successful —Work with the educator to create a plan that works logistically and creatively for all involved
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Storytelling can be integrated into: History Language Arts Social Studies Science Geography Drama
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
I have enjoyed sharing stories with ELL students in the past, as well as general population students.
Testimonials from Schools
Kay Kite (retired educator)  - mkk45@icloud.com Olivia Littles - Northwest African American Museum - olittles@naamnw.org Dorota Rahn - Issaquah Museum - dorota.rahn@issaquahhistory.org

Fees

Fees
Teaching Artist Residency - $100/hour Planning/Meeting time - $40/hour

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Outdoor Telling 1
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