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Open Air Institute Fall 2020:  “Storytelling in Warwick Villages”

Saturday, October 24, 8:30-3:30, Places TBA

Facilitator: Jeff Lawton, Pilgrim High School

In conjunction with the National Writing Project’s “Write Out:  Stories Around the Campfire with the National Park Service” event in October, RIWP will offer our own place-based event on Saturday, October 24 when the Open Air Institute visits Warwick. Come discover several of the historic villages of the city, explore the cultural and social significance of storytelling -- and maybe even make some S’mores! More details and registration coming soon!

Cost: $25         
6 PLUs available         
Participants limited to 15
Register by October 20


Reflection on Summer 2020 OAI Event


The Open Air Institute (OAI) was the one program we could run in person safely and responsibly during COVID times because of the nature of the institute. Our six facilitators selected the theme of The Dark Side of Rhode Island: From Shadows to Light as our theme and researched and planned according to the restrictions established by our governor while maintaining the integrity and spirit of the OAI. Where we might normally engage with a park ranger or historian, facilitators integrated a variety of texts from Apps to The Color of Law to town websites; where we might normally explore a museum or mill, our facilitators became and allowed us to become the docents of spaces that once were. Spread over three days, Each day facilitators created spaces for participants to critically think about the geography & history of Rhode Island, embody literacy strategies that could be applied across disciplines, and reflect deeply on their own pedagogies and possibilities of place-based learning experiences in their contexts. 

Snippets from Participants 

What are you taking with you?--“The writing I did and some stronger connections with my RIWP friends,” “a.) New writing ideas to try out in my classroom--which I love! b.) A sense of renewal and rejuvenation for the importance of the written word,” & “My hope to figure out a way to utilize local areas of my town for day trips.”

Page last updated: October 13, 2020