If there’s one thing Ex Fabula has brought to the Milwaukee community over the past nine seasons, it’s connections. Stories are the connective tissue that hold our families, neighborhoods, and communities together. So there was no more fitting theme for the Season 9 ALL STARS event than “Connection.”
While the recent snow may have Milwaukeeans thinking it’s the last straw for winter, Ex Fabula hosted its last StorySlam of Season 9 on the theme of “Last Straw” at the Times Cinema on April 10th. A full house enjoyed emcees Leah Delaney and Nelson Lopez read the audience’s UltraShorts to think about the many ways we experience the “last straw” in our lives, and state representative, Evan Goyke, welcomed everyone to “The [Washington] Heights” neighborhood.
TMI – Too. Much. Information. Rolling out the March 22nd Story Slam, Ex Fabula asked for it, and the story tellers who took the stage at Garfield’s 502 delivered. Body fluids spilled and spewed from body orifices. Boundaries were crossed, privacy was violated, and judging from the constant laughter, a good time was had by all.
It was a packed and cozy room inside Bay View’s Sugar Maple as everyone came together to share and hear stories about the topic of karma.
Everyone remembers their first time, whether it’s their first time driving a car or drinking alcohol. With good beer and food from Lakefront Brewery, we huddled inside on a cold winter night in Milwaukee to tell some stories of first times.
A dedicated Ex Fabula volunteer, Sue Blaustein, attended the curated StorySlam “Refugees” at Haggerty Art Museum on November 2nd. The coveted art museum on Marquette University’s campus was filled to the brim with audience members and Ex Fabula volunteers. Here’s what Sue had to report on the special event.
Telling a personal story to an audience can seem like a daunting and nerve-wracking experience. It also has the potential to be a cathartic, impactful way to educate an audience on complicated and systematic issues. Ex Fabula has partnered with Marquette University and Project Return to bring a night of storytelling on the topic of incarceration to the Marquette campus. Project Return is a Milwaukee non-profit that supports recently incarcerated individuals as they transition from prison institutions to their respective communities. This event is part of Marquette’s Mission Week which will center on the topics of race relations, institutional, personal, and cultural racism titled “Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church”.
I am very excited to be joining the Ex Fabula team while serving through Public Allies Milwaukee! I started my mission here as a Public Ally to expand representation of diverse groups of people and uplift their very unique experiences. My passion for equity started far before college. I’m a first generation Chilean-American and grew up in a bilingual household. My parents raised me with strong ethics and compassion for others. Naturally I developed my desires early on.