Past Fellowship events

Interactive Performances with 2015-16 Fellows

A White woman speaks with a microphone          22 people, both men and women of multiple ethnicities gathered to smile for a group photo.          A Chinese man gesturing with open hands

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.

Whiteness and Privilege -- Zeidler Community Conversation

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

Ex Fabula December Spectacular

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.

The Welcoming Church -- Zeidler Community Conversation

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Designing Change

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 88NINE
Ex Fabula Fellows shared stories and then attendees participated in small group dialogue.
Read the 88NINE blog post or listen to a clip from an audio story.


2015-16 Fellowship funders

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