This is a drop in workshop for people living with mental illness, as well as caregivers, family, and friends of people living with mental illness. We’re working on metaphors, style, voice, and character to reveal the truths of mental illness, as well as, you know, being alive. The performances will be in March 2012.
Location: Washington County Center, 18680 Southwest Shaw Street
Aloha, OR 97007-1250.
Time: 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 11am-12:30pm
Soldier’s Heart is a creativity and story workshop at Portland Vet Center, open to veterans served by Portland Vet Center and referred by a staff counselor. We use meditation, theatre exercises, visual art and writing to help veterans feel comfortable beginning to explain their experiences to those who are closest to them. This is an annual, 2 month workshop with an invited read at the end of the workshop on location at Portland Vet Center. Each veteran invites one family member or friend to hear their story. The next workshop begins in September.
Just Like You
In partnership with the NW Downs Syndrome Association
A partnership between All Born (In), a program of the Northwest Down Syndrome Association, and Well Arts.
In late 2013-early 2014 we’re doing a two month workshop with parents who are members of the NW Downs Syndrome Association. These are all parents who have children with Downs. We’ll help the parents write plays about their experiences, and their children, with at least two sessions with the children themselves (paired with volunteer scribes). The parents at NW Downs Syndrome Association want to tell stories that counteract the popular belief that being a good parent to a children with Downs Syndrome requires superhuman effort. Their families are like so many others. We want to take away some of the mystery and stigmatization around living with Downs Syndrome, and help empower audiences to feel confident to approach people with Downs in their own community.
The Unexpected Guest
with the National MS Society: Oregon
Ten years ago, Well Arts partnered with the National MS Society to do a four-month writing workshop, resulting in our performance, “Surviving MS”. Well, not only are our participants surviving, but ten years later their lives are rich and full (the good news) and many more people have joined their ranks (the bad news). In honor of this event, National MS Society and Well Arts are partnering again to create, The Unexpected Guest. This two-month playwriting workshop will be held at National MS Society: Oregon from November-January! We’ll be focusing on the surprises, the peculiarities, the unique way that MS presents itself and works through each person! Performances will be in March!
Jump At The Sun
An African American Women’s Project
We’ll do a 8-10 week intergenerational playwriting workshop specifically for African American Women to tell stories around issues they face in Portland as African American women. Promotion of the final performance will be aided by Race Talks.We’re currently contacting potential partners organizations. If you’d like to help make this happen, call us at 503-459-4500 or email us by clicking here!
Youth Stories for Portland
Boys and Girls Aid of Portland
It’s slam poetry night and a group of transitional teenage girls spin their stories into gold through prose, poetry, fairytales, music and dance. Come and see: Landays! Slap Rhythms! Fairytales where the girls slay dragons, build emotional and financial independence as well as keen analytical minds that also leave room for intuition and inspiration. These courageous and sassy young girls cast themselves as the heroines in their own stories. Audiences find new awareness about what youth are experiencing today.
The workshop will culminate with a presentation during Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival.