Jen is the Founder and CEO of Silver Kite Community Arts in Seattle, Washington. Her company focuses on the development and facilitation of arts-based intergenerational programs; and working with such organizations as schools, senior centers, and assisted living facilities. Jen conducted several successful action research projects in intergenerational arts programming, and has presented her research at conferences and as a guest speaker internationally.
Betsey is a recently-retired Language Arts Teacher at Colorado Academy in Denver, Colorado where she worked since 1994. She brings a wealth of experience in curriculum and education project development. She has received many awards from her work, including several Fulbrights and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.
During the residency, Jen and Betsey will collaborate on the content of a book for teachers on how to develop a multi-disciplinary oral history project. The book’s content will be modeled after a successful project Jen and Betsey have created and piloted at Colorado Academy.