Let’s discuss creative strategies

What we're reading blog post tag imageWe’ve learned recently about some public legal education and information (PLE) projects that bring a creative approach to sharing information – literally. They use arts, crafts, games and theatre to help people share stories and information.

Creative approaches to PLE help ensure that the educational process is rooted in people’s own experience and builds upon their realities – a critically important aspect of adult education.

Here are some examples of projects we found compelling:

  • Collaborative Legal Play (CLAY): This Toronto-based grassroots organization offers game- and theatre-based workshops. They’ve used an approach based on the Theatre of the Oppressed to work with communities around understanding police powers and criminal law and legal rights of people without status in Canada.
  • Elephant in your room?: In 2009, Barwon Community Legal Centre in Victoria, Australia brought together survivors of family violence through a community art project. The survivors painted a life-size elephant with murals depicting the black and white reality of abuse and the colourful reality of breaking free from it. They then toured the elephant to several locations in their region to promote discussion and awareness of family violence in the community.
  • Purple November – Craft and Conversation: More recently, Barwon ran “craft and conversation” workshops to support a local “Purple November” initiative. Girls and women got together in groups to make purple pom-poms. Local organizations then displayed the pom-poms in their storefront windows.

What types of artistic or creative pursuits to help deliver PLE do you think would work best in your community?

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