Week #9: Stories from Quarantine with FTH Teaching Artist Robin Bady


While our doors are temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing measures, Flushing Town Hall would like to share our renowned, global arts programming online. Flushing Town Hall’s dedicated Teaching Artists are offering online classes in the new series “FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids.” The series of arts education will run Tuesday through Friday, and culminate in an online family matinee performance on Saturday. Each day participants will enjoy short videos of music or dance and post-lesson activities will be available online at FTH website: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/fth-at-home and live on Facebook Page and Youtube Channel each day at 2 PM. Participants are also encouraged to post short video clips of themselves learning on Facebook and tag FTH facebook page @flushingtownhall.


This week’s lessons introduce you to Stories from Quarantine with FTH Teaching Artist Robin Bady. Robin is an award-winning storyteller and educator. You may have seen her performing on stage at Flushing Town Hall, but we will join her at her apartment in Brooklyn as we practice safe distancing. Like you, Robin has experienced many new events during the quarantine. She uses storytelling to capture them and move forward to the future.


Start with this simple activity about Finding & Mapping a Story: https://bit.ly/2ZqmZe1




Day 1: 


Anthropologists call humans the “storytelling animal”. From the time we are born, we understand the world through stories and we communicate our experiences to others through stories. The first story that Robin will share with you is about her process of making a handmade face mask. She hopes her personal experience will inspire you to find your own storytelling power --- your ability to transform fear into hope.


Check out this post-lesson activity about how to Give Voice to Your Story: https://bit.ly/2WVJ6r0




Day 2:


How do you celebrate a holiday or birthday or any other important event while you cannot unite together physically? Once every year Robin and her family would gather to share a special celebratory meal for Passover, a very important Jewish holiday. This year is different from previous years, but Robin’s family found a creative way to celebrate and share the joy “together”!

Check out this post-lesson activity to Build Your Own Den: https://bit.ly/3bQxvxz





Day 3:


During the quarantine, many people have picked up cooking skills, including Robin! Today’s fun story is about making marmalade, a fruit preserve made with citrus, that Robin has never tried but always wanted to. One day she realized that she happened to have lemons and sugar at home, so she decided to give it a go! What new food is your family making? Share your food story with us on Facebook and tag our page @flushingtownhall.


Check out this post-lesson activity about Family Food Story: https://bit.ly/2ANAxWA




Day 4:


If you look around your surroundings, you’ll find many inspirational individuals that devote their life to making a difference. Robin’s hero is her neighbor Jason and today she will tell you the amazing work that Jason is doing during the coronavirus. If you know a hero in your community, take time to share their stories with others! Don’t forget, sharing stories is one of the best ways to convey gratitude.


Check out this post-lesson activity to Report on Your Superhero: https://bit.ly/3cR0xi1




Day 5:


Find a comfy spot on your couch and enjoy Robin’s storytelling "Why the Sky is so Far Away",  a folktale from Benin, Nigeria. The performance took place last summer in beautiful Central Park, accompanied by violinist Concetta Abbate and musician Skip La Plante who improvised with homemade instruments. To watch this video, you can simply tune in to FTH Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flushingtownhall/ on Saturday, May 30, at 2 PM EST. 





Special thanks to Calvin W. Chan, Raymond D. Jasen, Ellen Kodadek, Anne Lewent, William McClure, and TeHsing Niu for underwriting a portion of FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids. 


Flushing Town Hall is pleased to present these programs free of charge but welcomes donations from those who are able and moved to contribute. Donations of any amount are accepted here.


Flushing Town Hall’s facilities are temporarily closed to the public in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Flushing Town Hall’s latest statement pertaining to COVID-19 can be found here.


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