March 10 and 11: Participate in free Story Bridge on Lopez Island to build relationships and community

Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) is hosting Story Bridge on Lopez Island March 10 and 11, 2018. Story Bridge uses participants’ true personal stories with creative expression to engage deep dialogue, enable authentic relationship building, and facilitate individual and community transformation. The facilitators have been refining this work for over 25 years.

Story Bridge is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with three professionals who focus on bridging people from all walks of life. Story Bridge begins with a daylong interactive session telling one another stories from our lives, culminating in a community performance at  7:30 p.m. The stories are told by someone other than the person whose story it is. There is such beauty in hearing someone else tell your story.

From there we dive into an engagement of how to keep our cultural landscape on Lopez, especially affordable housing, food, and farming for the next generation.  

Rhea Miller, Assistant Director, and other LCLT staff and Board members have participated in Story Bridge venues in places ranging from the deep south, to hip Ashland, to the Central District of Seattle, and acknowledge that each one has been life transforming.

Story Bridge begins with a daylong interactive session, culminating in a community performance at 7:30 p.m. Everyone participates, whether on stage acting or making music, behind the scenes, or being the original source of the story. The power of telling your neighbor’s story is difficult to describe.

The following day we will pursue our deepening relationship in charting pathways for food, farming and affordable housing for the next generation. Retaining a sense of “community” that cares for one another into the future has never been more challenged than today.

Guest facilitators include:

Richard Geer, PhD— Artistic Director and the founder of Story Bridge. People Magazine says "Director Richard Geer heals troubled communities with the magic of theatre--and the gift of new hope." An artist, philosopher and educator, Richard has directed over 40 Story Bridge plays and numerous workshops on five continents of the world.

Qinghong Wei, PhD—Executive Director and a scholar, multi-disciplinary artist and dedicated practitioner in building creative communities. Qinghong has served as CEO of a prestigious foundation and co-founder of an award-winning social enterprise, among other critical roles. She brings diverse and rich experience in organizational development, consulting, research, here in the U.S. and internationally.

Iega Jeff, Choreographer—An internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer, Iega is named as one of the The Juilliard School’s 100 Outstanding Alumni in celebration of the school’s centenary anniversary, co-founder & artistic director of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago. Iega is a Story Bridge artist of 20 years.

Participation in the Story Bridge workshops is free. Free childcare will be provided if reserved ahead of time (please reserve by March 1). Catered meals can be reserved for $15 each: Saturday lunch catered by Vortex, Saturday dinner catered by Taco ‘Bout It and Sunday lunch catered by Vita’s. All meals are gluten-free and vegetarian options are available (please indicate preference). To place reservations, please email or call LCLT’s office at 360.468.3723.

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