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In Focus: Headwaters Music & Arts 1st “Story Slam”

In Focus: Headwaters Music & Arts 1st “Story Slam”


>>GETTING NATIONAL ATTENTION ON ESPN.>>BLEACH REPORTS, EVERYWHERE.>>THANKS, AJ.>>>EVERYONE HAS A STORY, AND LAST NIGHT HEADWATERS MUSIC AND ARTS INVITED THE COMMUNITY TO SHARE THEIRS WITH THEIR FIRST EVER STORY SLAM. REPORTER SHIRELLE MOORE TELLS US ABOUT THE SPOKEN WORD EVENT IN THIS WEEK’S IN FOCUS.>>I WAS AROUND PEOPLE WITH COURAGE, RESILIENCE AND I FOUND INSIDE OF THEM SOMETHING THAT I HAD NOT SEEN IN A LOT OF FOLKS.>>SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME, HUMANS HAVE USED THEIR VOICES TO CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER. THE FIRST EVER HEADWATERS MUSIC AND ARTS STORY SLAM EXPLORED THE ART FORM OF SPOKEN WORD.>>THE BEST STORYTELLERS I HAVE EVER SEEN ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY CONNECTED WITH THEIR AUDIENCE. THEY KNOW THAT WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS ABOUT PLAYING WITH THE AUDIENCE AND CREATING AN EXPERIENCE WHERE THE AUDIENCE FEELS CONNECTED TO THEM AND TO THE STORY.>>SIX PEOPLE SHARED FIVE MINUTE LONG STORIES AT THE SLAM. THE THEME OF THE NIGHT WAS SPEAK.>>THE THEME IS SPEAK BECAUSE IT IS SO VITALLY IMPORTANT THESE DAYS THAT WE THINK ABOUT USING OUR VOICES WELL, HOW DO WE SPEAK OUT. THIS PROJECT WAS ORIGINALLY FUNDED IN PART TO TELL — TO WORK ON ME TOO STORIES, GIVE PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TELL ME TOO STORIES, BUT WHAT IT HAS EVOLVED TO IS A MUCH LARGER VISION OF HOW DO WE USE OUR VOICES.>>AT THE END OF THE EVENT, THE AUDIENCE VOTED TO DETERMINE THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE STORY SLAM WINNERS.>>IT WAS THE RIGHT PLACE TO BE.>>TOM SCHMIDT TOOK HOME THE TOP HONOR WITH A STORY ABOUT THE TIME HE PROTESTED THE LINE THREE PIPELINE IN THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN BEMIDJI THIS PAST AUGUST.>>IT WAS POWERFUL. I’M SURPRISED THAT I WON BECAUSE THE STORIES WERE SO POWERFUL AND COMING FROM SO DEEP. IT’S A POWERFUL EVENT. I’M HONORED JUST TO BE LISTENING TO STORIES.>>IF YOU WANT A CHANCE TO STEP UP TO THE MICROPHONE OR BE A LISTENER IN THE AUDIENCE, THERE’S A CHANCE A FUTURE STORY SLAM MAY BE IN THE WORKS FOR HEADWATERS.>>WE HOPE TO HAVE MORE. THIS MIGHT BE A NICE SPARK FOR MORE STORY SLAMS, MORE STORY TELLING. OTHER COMMUNITIES HAVE STORY TELLING GROUPS, STORY TELLING CLUBS. SO WE’LL SEE WHAT COMES OF IT.>>REPORTING IN BEMIDJI WITH THIS WEEK’S IN FOCUS, SHIRELLE

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