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After Your Turkey, a Day of Listening

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Celebrate the National Day of ListeningArt and life and storytelling are being celebrated at the New York Public Library's main branch on 42nd Street on the day after Thanksgiving.

The library is participating in the National Day of Listening with StoryCorps. Visitors are invited to drop in for an audio slideshow featuring interviews with six local artists, recorded at the StoryCorps booth at Foley Square. The interviews all focus on the role of art in their lives and there will be audience interviews as well. The library says visitors are invited to talk about their own experiences, "whether you create doodles, mashups, crochet, or marble sculpture."

The six visual artists are painters and sculptors Michael Cline, Annette Cords, Anujan Ezhikode, Builder Levy, Justin Lieberman, and Charles Mingus III.

The artist storytelling slideshow and audience interviews will be held on Friday, November 27 at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 3:45 p.m. At 2:15 there will be an artist panel. Visitors are encouraged to come at 2.

The event is at the South Court Auditorium of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. StoryCorps collaborated with the library's Art and Picture Collections.

In honor of the holiday, we've posted a story courtesy of StoryCorps' Historias project, which collects stories of Latinos in America. Here, Jose Fernandez tells his wife, Teresita, about the first Thanksgiving he spent in the United States.

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Comments [1]

Cindy Vega

I try to abide by the wisdom that if we were meant to talk more than listen, we'd have two mouths and one ear. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, for the very reason that it was all about being with family, in particular my grandparents, eating well, closing your mouth, opening your ears, and hearing stories of a world gone-by. In fact, as my grandfather aged, and perhaps lost some of his "keenness", he began to recount stories his grandfather had told him, in particular, about being in the civil war (replacing his own stories of world wars), but he told them in the first person as if channeling his grandfather. So this story telling and turkey eating festival has been a time- traveling experience for me that has graced my life indelibly. I only hope my own children will hear stories that they find of equal engagement (though I doubt it, but who knows?).

Nov. 26 2009 06:53 AM

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