Visiting Senior Center Working on grant application (Revising proposal, researching costs, writing budget, etc.)
Interviewing a friend for a practice papercut
Sketching plans for a practice papercut
Preparing for presenting my project at the Senior Center
Tomorrow, I'm going to the Senior Center during their lunch to talk to people about the project and find some volunteers. Hopefully it goes well and I won't have to use my backup plan.
Practicing with my friend has been extremely helpful. I learned that if you stay quiet, people will generally keep talking and adding details and pieces to the story. It also gave me a chance to test out my little voice recorder and get a sense for planning a paper cut from listening to the memory over and over. I'm hoping to have a full-size layered paper cut done by the end of this week.
I've been reading a book called, Listening is an Act of Love, that was given to me by a friend. Despite the ridiculously cheesy title, it has been really valuable because it's about a project that closely relates to my own. The book is excepts of stories from a collection created by a non-profit organization called StoryCorps. Their mission statement is "to honor and celebrate one another's lives through listening."They invite people to bring a family member or friend to one of their recording booths and interview them; every conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share with others. The interviews are also saved in the Library of Congress and many stories are broadcasted on NPR. StoryCorps was started in 2003 and it is the largest oral history project of it's kind.