I looked at what struggling historic groups can do to attract more people. Turns out one thing they can do is tell stories from a wider range of perspectives and points-of-view.
That’s certainly one reason I never cared much about history during school–because I never felt like I was hearing about people who I could personally relate to. And I certainly never heard about women during any kind of education about history.
Funny that now as an adult, I’m super-geeking about history, and really loving learning about all kinds of people and stories from back-in-the-day.
That’s the question I asked Veronica Riddle. She ran away from home a lot as a kid, and spent time living in a shelter for runaway and homeless kids. Here was her answer.
I wanted to explore some broader ideas of why the arts matter.
So meet high school principal Eric Alburtus, who says arts classes give kids a chance to discover new worlds and different ways of thinking and creating.
In fact, Alburtus’ teenage son worked backstage doing lighting and design for the high school’s musicals, and that’s what got him interested in engineering — which he’s going to study in college this fall.
33-year-old Jason Towler explains the big impression his music teacher, Crystal Harding, made on him in first-grade. Initially, he was worried they’d be forced to sing really lame songs in class…
My mom grew up in Lincoln Park, Michigan. It’s a stone’s throw from Detroit. We’re talking working class. We’re talking old school Catholic. When I heard the neighborhood church was closing after 91 years, I had to attend its last Mass and talk to the people there.
Click on this link to listen to my story…
My latest story about artist Eric Shantz’s mission to make his town a better place to live. I hung out for most of the day, driving around Saginaw with Eric. It was a fun & easy time. Plus: how can you not love a story where an artist and a cop become friends?
Photo credit: Doug Coombe