Jamie is a teaching artist with over 40 years of international experience, working in various arts-in-education programs, as well as performing and giving workshops. He is a storyteller, and part of a tradition that stretches back along song lines and story vines to the first voices that filled the air under an equatorial sun. Jamie firmly believes that stories have the power to deepen understanding, to heal, to inspire compassion, and to maintain a sense of wonder and appreciation for the world around us.
At every grade level of the Manitoba Social Studies curriculum, in the Values section, there are fundamental, recurring themes. These are appreciation of others’ interests, abilities, and beliefs, respecting the needs and rights of others, contributing to the community, developing peaceful, nonviolent ways of conflict resolution, and remembering the lessons of the past through oral history and storytelling. Teachers are invited to choose the most relevant themes for their classrooms. Jamie will present appropriate stories that relate to that theme. Then through a progression of physical, vocal, and creative writing exercises, each class as a group will create a new story that focuses on the chosen theme. The final step of the residency will be for each class to create a large pictograph representation of their story which will be photographed and then added to an online virtual gallery called ‘The Story Children’.