The Office of Community Engagement partners with Agassiz Baldwin Community to host the 2018 People’s State of the Union Storytelling Workshop. The workshop will take place in the Lunder Arts Center, Lower Level Commons from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Since 2015, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has hosted the People’s State of the Union as an invitation to supplement the President’s stories by coming together in our own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations to share our own take on the state of our union. Thousands of people in more than 350 communities have taken part over the last three years.
The People’s State of the Union has two main parts: Story Circles across the nation, and a collaboratively composed Poetic Address to the Nation. The USDAC offers toolkits and online trainings to support anyone hosting a Story Circle, bringing people together to share stories from their own experience. Stories are uploaded to an online story portal where they can be shared and browsed. Then—inspired by these stories—an invited group of writers collaboratively composes the Poetic Address to the Nation, performed and broadcast live.