Interactive Performances with 2016-17 Fellows
No More Preaching to the Choir: Storytelling, Dialogue, and other Transformative Practices for Community Engagement
presented as part of Imagining America
Friday October 7, 2016, 11:30 am-2:30 pm, Zeidler Center for Public Discussion
Ex Fabula Fellows @ MLK Day
Monday, January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St.
Free activities and performances from 9 am to 5 pm – some for youth, some for adults, some for all ages; Fellows shared stories about “Speaking up” at 2 pm. Full schedule here.
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 9:30 to noon, Zeidler Center for Public Discussion
The event began with stories told by Ex Fabula Fellows, continued with facilitated listening circles, and ended with a mini-workshop from SURJ about practical skills to address white fragility.
Embracing Cultural Diversity: A Community Discussion
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 1511 Church Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Tosa’s All-City Read intends to bring neighbors together, and this event did so by exploring some of the themes of the book “A Man Called Ove.” The evening began with true, personal stories from Ex Fabula Fellows. Then, attendees shared their own observations in small group listening circles directed by professional facilitators from the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.
Whiteness and Privilege
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6pm to 8pm, Workshop Architects, 201 E Pittsburgh Ave
The evening began with true, personal stories from Ex Fabula Fellows. Then, attendees shared their own observations in small group listening circles directed by professional facilitators from the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.
Breaking Boxes: An Identity Summit
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2pm to 5 pm, Zeidler Center at 19th/Wisconsin
How do our various identities (race, gender, sexuality, class, age, etc.) shape who we are? What kinds of boxes do we find ourselves in? How do we break those boxes? This 3 part event included stories, facilitated dialogue and an interactive workshop about our identities.
Racial Justice: The Courage to Act with Chris Crass
As part of this day long conference featuring UU social justice activist and write Chris Crass, the Fellows presented an afternoon workshop about an important action that we can all take: share our stories about our personal social justice journeys – as a way to engage others and further our own learning.
Fair Schools: a Community Conversation
Thursday April 27, 2017, 6pm to 8pm, United Methodist of Whitefish Bay
A community conversation about equity, diversity and educational achievement. The event included a brief keynote from Reggie Jackson, stories from Ex Fabula Fellows, and small group dialogues facilitated by the Zeidler Center. Sponsors included: Parents Advocating for Educational Excellence (PACE), From the Same Dust Baha’i, United Methodist of Whitefish Bay.
Talking to Kids about Race
At this highly interactive event, attendees heard 3 true, personal stories from Ex Fabula Fellows and then reflected on those stories and shared their own experiences in small group conversations. Then, Dr. Erin Winkler spoke about how young children start to notice race and how we can talk to them age-appropriate ways. After a Q&A with Dr. Winkler, the group envisioned next steps to empower our children and ourselves to be anti-racists. The event ended with socializing and opportunities to connect with local anti-racist groups. This event even had childcare available at no cost!
Creating a Welcoming Community in Bay View
Presented in partnership with the Bay View Neighborhood Association. Bay View is currently experiencing a lot of growth and change, making it the perfect time to reflect on our past, present and future. Event attendees heard 3 true, personal stories from Ex Fabula Fellows. Then, attendees reflected on those stories and shared their own experiences in small group conversations facilitated by the event emcee. Finally, we regrouped to share ideas for next steps – and then adjourn for socializing.
2016-17 Fellowship funders
The 2016-2017 Fellowship was supported in part by a grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; a $20,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation‘s Douglas L.P. Hamilton Fund, George and Evelyn Gay Family Fun, and Jerry L. Tollefsen and Jessica J. Suhr Memorial Kacynski Family Fund; and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Interactive Performances with 2015-16 Fellows
In Fall 2015, Ex Fabula kicked off the first Fellowship, which brought together a diverse cohort of community members who worked with Ex Fabula Storytelling Coaches to identify, craft and share stories about privilege and oppression. The Fellows then shared the stories at the following interactive outreach performances that allowed Milwaukeeans to listen to and reflect upon the stories.
Community Conversation Series: “Whiteness and Privilege”
November 24, 2015 at Workshop Architects
Ex Fabula Fellows shared true, personal stories; then attendees shared their own experiences as part of a small group dialogue with Zeidler Center facilitators. The topic: dismantling racism by exploring and interrogating the ideas of whiteness and privilege. Event photos.
December Spectacular: “Never Again”
Thursday December 17, 2015 at Turner Hall Ballroom.This non-competitive program of true, personal stories featured 3 Ex Fabula Fellows as well as 4 other storytellers selected by a jury of Ex Fabula volunteers. Audience members also participated in 2 brief dialogues. Event blog Event photos
Community Conversation Series: “The Welcoming Church: Race in our Faith Communities”
Tuesday January 26, 2016 at the Zeidler Center
This facilitated listening session for individuals from all faiths explored welcoming in our faith communities, specifically across racial lines. The event included true, personal stories followed by facilitated, small group dialogue.
Welcome to Whitefish Bay: A Listening Session on Race and Community
Tuesday February 23 at Bayshore Lutheran Church
This event included a community meal, stories from Fellows, and facilitated dialogue about perceptions, experiences, and how to make the Whitefish Bay community more welcoming.
Community Conversation Series: “Interrupting Racism”
Tuesday March 8 at the Zeidler Center
Fellows shared personal stories that explored ways to “interrupt” racism, and then attendees split off into small groups for small group dialogue with Zeidler facilitators.
Ex Fabula Fellows @ Plymouth Church: “What role does race play in our lives and what can we do about it?”
Sunday March 13 at Plymouth Church
The service included a dramatic presentation of the passion story, a performance of the song “Strange Fruit” (made famous by Billie Holiday), and a spoken word piece about violence in our society. Attendees then participated a Coffee Hour that explored the role that race plays in our lives. Ex Fabula Fellows shared personal stories, and then attendees broke into small groups to reflect and share their own experiences in small groups.
Translator Lab: “Race in the Workplace”
Thursday, March 24 at Translator
This Lab explored the difficult and multifaceted topic of Race in the Workplace through true, personal stories from Ex Fabula Fellows, small groups reflection, and a Q&A with UWM professor Dr. Belle Rose Ragins that focused on actions that we can take to make our workplaces more inclusive and to leverage the talents of all Milwaukeeans.
Designing Change: Maurice Woods and Ex Fabula
Wednesday, April 6 at 88NINE
The Greater Together Spectrum Lecture Series is a collection of speaking engagments featuring national designers of color exploring the world of design, business and social innovation. This event featured 2 stories from Ex Fabula Fellows as well as a talk by Maurice Woods, Yahoo’s nationally acclaimed Creative Director, who shared his story about using design to change people’s lives.
Kervin W. Brisseaux: Futurist with Special Guests Ex Fabula Fellows
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 88NINE
This Greater Together Spectrum Lecture Series event started out with 2 stories from Ex Fabula Fellows. Then, Kervin W. Brisseaux spoke about design, dedication and culture.
Stories of Inclusion: a Cultural Commons event