Studying Singing Storytellers in Cape Breton

Community-Engaged Research-Creation as a Methodology

Authored by: Marcia Ostashewski

The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138061224
eBook ISBN: 9781315162546
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In 2013, the Singing Storytellers research-creation public outreach project was initiated to study the lives, music and verbal art of bardic traditions across cultures. The project was designed to bring multiple traditions of singing/storytelling into the spotlight so that they could be better—more collaboratively—studied and shared. The project’s aims included the co-creation of knowledge through the collaborative research-creation of scholars, artists and community stakeholders—including practice-based research that involved singing. 1 It was also designed to share the knowledge created through our collaboration with diverse audiences so as to facilitate its utility and value regionally, nationally and globally. As the project developed through its initial stages, we considered the needs and perspectives of practitioners as artist-researchers and their audiences, community groups (including not-for-profit organizations), government offices and industry partners. They were included in all aspects of the project’s dialogue and design, thus encompassing a diverse project team and vast knowledge base.

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