Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Week 7

L1230950Previously on Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Learning Sound Recording and Editing

WEEK 7: Recording our Audio Tours and Certificate Ceremony

Over the course of a few workshops we focused on compiling all the data, information, ideas and stories from our time together and turning it into our recorded stories. Different sets of Pier Ambassadors sat down for an interview with Jim, Eric and myself. They were asked questions about their lives, their experiences in the neighborhood and given the space to be open and freely share about whatever they wanted. Through the conversation process, memories were triggered and experiences were recorded. We walked around the neighborhood once again and recorded while walking. At times the Pier Ambassadors were asked a series of questions about observing while outside and we made recordings of detailed descriptions of what they saw in front of them at the moment. For example, a specific apartment building, a corner, an historical site. We remained as a group while we walked but each student was individually miked so they were able to have a stream of consciousness as we walked. It was amazing to see the similarities and differences in what they shared. Since it’s their neighborhood they bumped into friends and family who were sometimes recorded too. At the end of our recording days the teens were given a certificate of completion and an honorarium for their contributions to the project. We had a mini ceremony while finishing our recordings for the day, knowing that we would not see each other for a few weeks because school was ending and summer break was beginning.

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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