In many ways, the story of Narrative 4 begins in the great spaces of New York City: Along its avenues, across its bridges, in its parks, theaters, pubs, hotels, restaurants, and in the homes of teachers, poets, journalists, novelists and musicians.
Narrative 4 Ireland is pivotal to the growth of our organization. Under the leadership of advisors James Lawlor, Sarah Little, Ivan Hyde and Sheila Quealey we are moving forward!
The devastating shootings at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School made all of us sit up and pay attention to school safety. Our new director of global programs, alongside dozens of advisors from the state, is making significant changes.
Our journey to Port Elizabeth begins with a story exchange between ArtWorks for Youth and NYC’s The Dalton School. Under the leadership of N4 advisors, John Lombardo, Likhaya Rooi and Babalwa Tetyana, we are set to expand our efforts in this country.
Following an early lead from founding members Cindy and Luis Urrea, we made the Land of Lincoln our first home. Sting and key N4 ambassador, Charles Miles helped launch our programs at the Printers Row Festival in Chicago in June of 2013.
Narrative 4 is all about family. Mothers edit pages. Fathers donate to the cause. Spouses document our efforts. Children create N4 clubs in their schools. And Jacqueline Crockett, a cousin of our executive director, started Narrative 4 Arizona.
We fondly refer to the Chesapeake Bay state as “Metrics Maryland.” N4 advisor Dr. Sheri Parks is working with us to gather empirical evidence that we can use to further examine and justify our vision and mission.
Last October, N4 was in Cambridge to facilitate a story exchange between Harvard students and Rwandan youth in front of a live audience. Our success inspired us to include Massachusetts in our initial rollout plans. We’re glad we did!
We have created a horizontal organization. If you were to ask us what that means, we would point to Pennsylvania’s Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
Before we had a name, founding member Ron Rash introduced the N4 concept to Dawn Gilchrist at Swain County High School. In 2013, the two educators kicked off our efforts in this state at Western Carolina University’s literary festival.
We are often asked how we decide where to take Narrative 4. Typically we need an author/advisor to take the lead, an established organization to serve as a partner, and potential funding. Thanks to one person, Kentucky is an exception to the rule.
N4 founding member Darrell Bourque is the former poet laureate of Louisiana and is extremely proud of his home. He is also worried about it. We want to help.