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Martin County, KY, USA

LiKEN (Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network) and Stories of Place

Spring 2021 - Spring 2022

- Project Direction
- Work Plan & Timeline Development
- Curriculum Development & Workshop Facilitation

Stories of Place

Collaborator with Kate Handzlik of Higher Ground Theater, Karen Rignall of University of Kentucky, and Madison Mooney of LiKEN Knowledge.

Stories of Place is a youth-centered program to gather the stories of people’s lives in and connection to Martin County. Through school programs, oral histories, and artistic expression, Stories of Place creates a space by and for Martin Countians to share the memories and stories that mean the most to them.

Our team facilitated a three-day documentary theatre residency in Martin County High School in March 2022. We approached storytelling and performance as a vehicle to explore students’ relationship to Martin County. We invited student reflections on their attachment, joys, ambivalence, and challenges.

“Your residency breathed such life into the project and there is broad enthusiasm now across the county. It’s such a positive thing.” - Karen Rignall