Community stories sought for Culture Series

Drawing from personal experiences helps build understanding and inclusive communities say the organizers of Write for Change, an upcoming program hosted at the Elkhart Public Library.

EPL is working with Elkhart Community Schools, InterAction Inc. and Premier Arts for this year’s Culture Series, an ongoing program of movie screenings, guest speakers and photo exhibitions to highlight and celebrate differences.

Waiting patientlyOn Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. the downtown library branch will host Write for Change, a special, after-hours event, where community members will be invited to share their own stories that fit this year’s Culture Series theme of “Different Together” which aims to empower the community by celebrating differences.

InterAction Inc. will be on hand to provide help and writing prompts to people willing to share their stories.

EPL is hosting the event to showcase its place in the community for people of all backgrounds to come to engage in discussions, write, get informed and take positive steps in the community.

Students from ECS with InterAction training will help turn the stories into performance pieces for Premier Arts for the Stage for Change shows at schools and other community places in April and May.

Stories will be collected through the end of December, according to ECS.

“It’s our hope that we can collect stories from throughout the community,” said Tessa Sutton, Supervisor of Connective Leadership and Inclusion for ECS. “Our students have incredible stories to tell about their lives, as do many people in the community.”

The stories can make a difference and be a spark for change, according to InterAction Executive Director and Co-Founder Deandra Cadet.

“We channel raw individual narratives on identity and difference into solutions that transform campuses into environments where all students can flourish,” Cadet said.

To submit a story visit http://bit.do/elkhartwrite/.

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