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Call for participants! Black Fly: KidsTales
March 6 - March 13
The Hyde Collection and Art in the Public Eye (APE) are offering their popular Black Fly storytelling event — with a youthful twist. Students in grades 6 and higher are invited to participate in the April 19 Black Fly: KidsTales.
The Black Fly series give members of the community opportunities to share their stories at The Hyde Collection. Past sessions have included prominent community figures like Cathy DeDe, managing editor of The Chronicle; Johannah Davies-Spero, author; Doug Gruse, director of marketing at SUNY Adirondack; Kate Austin-Avon, president of Advokate; and Chad Rabinovitz, producing artistic director of Adirondack Theatre Festival.
Black Fly stories cover a wide range of topics from starting a fictitious candy business; a language barrier leading to a big misunderstanding; overcoming hearing loss; being a stepparent; and a stint as a farmer.
Participating students are expected to tell a true story from their lives in ten minutes or less, from memory without notes. Representatives from The Hyde Collection and APE will set appointments with selected students to help them prepare their stories for public presentation.
Interested students should submit their stories (no more than five pages) to [email protected] by 5 pm Friday, March 13. Students will be contacted within a week with feedback on their stories and to schedule a rehearsal time at The Hyde Collection.
Teachers, parents, and students who would like more information can contact Coon at [email protected] with questions.