Arts Across the Waters Presents Stories Afloat

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Inspirational Storytelling Workshops Promote Writing Skills and Creativity for Chicago Area Students

On Tuesday, July 12, Arts Across the Waters will host the second annual Stories Afloat Festival. Approximately 100 college, high school, and middle school students from Gallery 37, 826CHI, the American Indian Association of Illinois, Chicago Public Schools, Peggy Notebaert Museum and Columbia College Chicago will have the opportunity to listen to an oral storyteller relate exciting history about Chicago and Lake Michigan aboard the Tall Ship Windy. Students will also attend small-group storytelling workshops at Navy Pier led by local authors and teaching artists from Columbia College Chicago’s Fiction Writing Department and Gallery 37, where they will learn, through the Story Workshop® method how to generate a story or poem inspired by the day’s activities. The workshops are intended to facilitate creativity through various word games and guided visualization exercises. All student-created stories will be published in a “Stories Afloat” anthology on the Arts Across the Waters website on or before July 31.

Check in for Stories Afloat starts at 10:00 a.m. at Tall Ship Windy at the Navy Pier, Chicago. Tall Ship Windy will set sail at 10:30 a.m. Only a few seats may still be available, so please email in advance for more information.

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Tall Ship Windy at the Navy Pier, Chicago
Cost: $10 includes all activities and lunch
What to bring: Notebook and pen, water, Dramamine if prone to seasickness

You are invited to join us if you’d like to observe any or all of the day’s events.

About Arts Across the Waters

Arts Across the Waters and Stories Afloat are part of an initiative to enhance education about the Great Lakes region through the development of art related curricula, identifying a shared history among Great Lakes communities, and encouraging artistic exchange among youth. More information about Arts Across the Waters and its programs can be found at


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