Friday, 07 June 2013 09:27

Symphony Space Actors to Read Adult Literacy Students’ Original Writings

By Staff Report | Education
“In this picture, we were happily smiling except our daughter. She was looking at her lucky brother and was very jealous of him. She wished she was the one instead of her brother being held by me. My husband was holding her tight with great love. How lovely my children and husband were! How could I not love them?” —Excerpt from Becca’s story, a  member of the Adult Literacy Program “In this picture, we were happily smiling except our daughter. She was looking at her lucky brother and was very jealous of him. She wished she was the one instead of her brother being held by me. My husband was holding her tight with great love. How lovely my children and husband were! How could I not love them?” —Excerpt from Becca’s story, a member of the Adult Literacy Program

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Actors from New York City’s Symphony Space will perform a professional reading of original stories and poems written by students of Literacy New York Greater Capital Region on Friday, June 14 in the Harry Dutcher Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, beginning at 10 a.m.

Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering programs in theatre, film, literature, music, dance and family. Its adult literacy program—All Write!—emphasizes that literacy is not only about learning to read but also about discovering and writing about the world. 

The program is modeled on Selected Shorts, a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 130 National Public Radio stations to about 300,000 listeners. It fosters a unique learning environment for adults, empowering them with the experience of having their own creative work read aloud on stage and increasing their access to literature.

Literacy New York Greater Capital Region students were invited to submit creative work of their own, developed over several months with their tutors using curriculum materials provided by the All Write! program. At the June 14 performance, the actors will read selected students’ work.

“The students are very excited about the performance,” said Literacy NYGCR Executive Director Sylvia Jimison.  “It promises to be a deeply moving, joyous and empowering event for our learners and a touching celebration for others who attend.”

Each student will receive a book in which his or her work has been published as a remembrance of the event.

The June 14 event is open to the public. For details, contact Maria Lange at (518) 583-1232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

About Literacy New York Greater Capital Region

Literacy New York Greater Capital Region changes lives and builds community by strengthening literacy. Our staff and volunteers provide assistance to adults seeking to achieve their personal and economic goals through improving their reading, writing, math, and English fluency skills.

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