Grant Activation: Storytelling With Youth
Join us in conversation with artists and past grantees Molly Allis of The Storytelling Machine and Owen Lowery of The Digital Sideshow, as we explore how interactive art and storytelling are used as effective tools for activating youth & public engagement.
We’ll explore how their work fosters creativity, connection, and imagination in young people, and examine how artists are adjusting to the current landscape in order to produce meaningful experiences. This talk will be co-hosted by Burning Man Project’s Global Grant Program Manager, Laura Dane (she/her/hers) and Civic Arts Coordinator, Joe Meschede (he/him/his).
Molly Allis (they/them/theirs) is a Los Angeles-based queer artist, educator, filmmaker and musician. Their work focuses largely on community-building through various forms of storytelling and play. Molly studied directing and design for theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a focus in puppetry. Molly has created international award winning animations. She has created several interactive public art installations that take people through imaginary worlds and kinetic environments. Molly teaches children how to create stop-motion animated videos, build sculptures out of recycled materials, and construct puppets. Currently, they are developing a queer + inclusive children’s show, All Together Now! The Storytelling Machine, a 2018 Global Art Grants project, was an interactive series of dioramas that told a bilingual children’s story using kinetic elements that kids and adults could move to bring characters and scenic elements to life.
Owen Lowery (he/him/his) is an interactive artist from Pittsburgh, PA, who creates situations that foster intrinsic curiosity in children and adults alike. Owen believes that curiosity is the most important human value, and allows individuals to see the world from a lense of discovery rather than fear. Owen lives this value through his installation work, workshops, library programming, and traveling to less served communities to offer platforms of artistic engagement. The Digital Sideshow, a 2019 Global Art Grants project, is an example of a traveling project intended to inspire and activate those who interact with it. It’s part circus sideshow, part digital art gallery, part makerspace, and an entirely participatory installation teaching how to create immersive art using advanced technology.
What are Global Activation Community Calls?
This call is part of a series highlighting community projects from across the network and fostering conversations around the Burning Man Global Activation Areas. Roughly bi-weekly, Burning Man Project hosts a community conversation on rotating topics: Art, Civics, Community, Ecosystems, Events, and Grant Projects. The calls are a mix of formal presentations, Q&As, and discussion. All are welcome to participate, please share this free offering with your networks and friends. The calls are recorded, and available for free viewing.