Interactive History Publishing - Participatory Social Research and Education - Production and Promotion of Progressive Art - Anarchist Philosophy and Historiography

The Peoples History Roadshow

Working Title: The Peoples History Roadshow
Project Type: Alternative Education
Short Description: a pedagogy for the creative learning and telling of personal and oral history
Background: This method of teaching and learning arises from the connections I make between creativity and education. I conceived it with the enthusiastic input and support of musician/social historian David Rovics, and have come up with several "test" projects that will allow me to apply the method to particular situations ans assess the results.
Funding Method: Various depending on specific project
Participants: This method aims to be both scaleable and transferable. Ideally it can be undertaken by almost any combination of artist/s and oral historian/s.
Status: Conception stage, yet to be tested
Purpose: Experience/interpret the relationship between art and the real world, using local and oral history.
The Model:
Step 1: The History Bit
Find a group of students- a class, a club, a nursing home, a workplace, whatever. Teach them how to do conduct oral history interviews, and either send them off to collect stories of local history, or provide them with previously collected works on the topic/s they feel are most about them and where they live/work. Bring all the research back to the group, analyse the stories and pick the ones that are best for rendering creatively.
Step 2: The Art Bit
Bring in the artist to assist in telling those stories creatively, as a group.
Step 3: Share the Result with the Local Community
Videos, stage shows, songbooks, archives, talks and presentations etc etc
How do we share it as history? How do we share it as art? It's up to the creators...
Advantages of the Model:
Scaleable- in size, length and complexity depending on location and funding. For example, you could expand the history bit to include dealing with local archives, newspapers etc, and conflate steps 2 and 3 to give all the kids an experience of art as an industrial/work activity, ie doing industry stuff. It could be a series of short workshops, or an extended course. And of course you could always take on several artists in different media or do shows for a festival.
Replicable- in the sense that the only resource that's absolutely necessary is an artist and an educator and it would be easy to learn how to do it. So it doesn't just have to be you and I- we could do it anywhere and with almost anyone separately or together.
Flexible- useable with any type of learner of any age, in any location, with any theme or focus and any type of art.
Marketable- We can tailor the topic and approach to the needs of whoever is paying us to do it.
Sustainable- the model can easily be taught to others and made available as a project creation method/structure.