Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Week 4

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Previously on Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Learning About Local History with the Tenement Museum

WEEK 4: Improv Workshop with Comedian Dan Silver

We spent some time thinking about creative ways to prepare for leading our tours and sharing our stories about the neighborhood. During one of our workshops, comedian Dan Silver led improv exercises that tapped in our senses of humor and spontaneity. We got to pretend we were inventors, we passed imaginary gifts back and forth to each other. We were instinctive and laughed more than in any other workshop.

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About the Pier Ambassadors, a project by 2015 Resident Artist Stephanie Diamond
Pier Ambassadors is an art and education project created by artist Stephanie Diamond, who partnered with Vision Urbana, sound artist Jim Mattingly and youth leaders from the Lower East Side to develop audio and walking tours of the neighborhood leading to Pier 42. Over the course of ten weeks, participants in the project engaged in workshops that built their skills in storytelling, public speaking and audio recording. Examples of workshops include: sound editing, improv acting, history walking tours with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and more. Through these creative encounters, Pier Ambassadors became empowered in telling their personal stories, representing the community they live in while gaining the tools to bring awareness of the Pier to people in and outside the neighborhood. Tour participants will be exposed to exciting and unique narratives compiled by Pier Ambassadors about their personal, cultural, historical, and environmental surroundings.

Pier Ambassadors: Zion Quintero, Zachary Quintero, Ethan Justiniano, Dylan Rivera, Princess Marie Melendez, Princess Merry Melendez

Partners: Jim Mattingly, Sound Artist; Vison Urbana: Eric Diaz, Director, Empire Mentorship Initiative