Over the last several months, we’ve been busy developing a new program.  I’m very excited to tell you about the Golden Voices project that we’ve launched in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Aging & Adult Services.  Our main goal is to encourage all seniors to share and record their life stories. We’ll be leading life story classes across different senior centers in San Francisco.  The life stories that will come out of these classes will be shared in community events, a citywide public exhibit, and also added to the San Francisco Public Library’s archive.

In fact, we just completed our first series of classes at the Castro Senior Center, and it was a success!

Photo sharing

Sharing life story

Written story

It was a fun and educational experience for me as I got to learn about the journey of being one of the first males as a professional classic ballet dancer, traveling through Europe and Egypt in the late 1940s, and going to college as a woman in the 50s.

I want to thank our participants for their encouraging feedback:

“[I enjoyed] …the relaxed method you used to make everyone comfortable about talking about their life experience.”

“It would be great to be able to extend the number of meetings so more periods of our lives could be covered.”

We’re busy editing the videos from the first series of classes, but we’ll definitely share some of the highlights when they’re ready.

For those of you who are in the San Francisco area on March 9, 2009, please join us for a free community sharing event where we will unveil the video highlights from the class.  You will also get a chance to hear some of the amazing life stories from the participants first hand!

We also have an extra treat for all the seniors who attend this event — get a free portrait picture taken by award winning photographer, Zhou Mi. (CORRECTION:  We will only be taking portrait photos of the students from the class.)

Community Event:  March 9, 2009, 10:30am – 11:30am, Castro Senior Center (110 Diamond Street)

Don’t miss the event!  We’re counting on your support.

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