Giving Voice to Literacy Volunteer Students

Literacy Volunteers at the September workshop.

Literacy Volunteers at the September workshop.

Two Adirondack Foundation grant beneficiaries, the Adirondack Center for Writing and Literacy Volunteers of Essex, Franklin and Clinton Counties, have joined together to participate in the premiere of Symphony Space’s All Write! Program in the North Country.

This winter, literacy students will create their own masterpieces for performance by professional actors on public radio’s Selected Shorts, which is produced by Symphony Space, a multi-disciplinary performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Media sponsor of the program is North Country Public Radio, an Adirondack Foundation partner. 

Literacy Volunteer tutors participated in a creative writing workshop facilitated by Symphony Space Education Director Madeline Cohen in September. The workshop provided training materials for tutors to help adult learners develop creative writing skills.

Then, in November, adult literacy students and their tutors were inspired by a live performance by Broadway actors as part of a creative writing and adult literacy program. Dawn Akemi Saito, Kevin Craig West, and Charlotte Colavin performed dramatic readings of poems and short stories from authors and poets including Allen Woodman, Edgar Allan Poe, Wislawa Szymborska and Ted Kooser.

Throughout this winter, adult literacy students will create their own masterpieces for performance, mentored by the Adirondack Center for Writing and Symphony Space. Next spring, actors from "Selected Shorts" will perform the student works on stage in a North Country public venue.