People

Group Line Dancing

Photography by Leisa Thompson


Telling It Team consists of trained professionals and individuals that includes:

  • Site Facilitator
  • Social Worker
  • U-M Student Interns who serve as mentors
  • Resident Artist(s)
  • Community Volunteers

At each Telling It site there is a trained support team that includes a Site Facilitator who is responsible for planning and conducting weekly sessions and serves as a liaison with the host agency, a social worker, U-M student interns, community artists and volunteers.  

The participation of the social worker is vital to Telling It’s effectiveness in helping vulnerable youth realize their potential. They provide a specialists’ insight on the developmental needs and challenges of the children and youth participants. When sensitive situations arise out of the arts intervention, the social worker will quickly intervene and follow-up with the child.

U-M students serve as mentors to the children and youth and late in the semester, are responsible for planning and executing two Telling It lesson plans. Through the partnership with the university, powerful engaged learning occurs outside of the classroom. Many students express a desire to continue their commitment to social justice through a career that involves community service as a result of their internship experience.

Through the participation of professional artists from the community in the Telling It sessions, children and youth are introduced to a variety of art forms that offer multiple platforms for personal expression. The art genres include performance and role-play, personal journaling and storytelling, photography, music and spoken word poetry, visual art, hip-hop, puppetry and dance.

  • Deborah Gordon Gurfinkel

    Deborah Gordon-Gurfinkel

    Lecturer, Director Telling It

    734.763.2889 / dmgordon@umich.edu


  • Emily Moore-Marshall

    Emily Moore-Marshall

    Program Assistant, Telling It 1801 East Quad

    734.763.2889 / emarshll@umich.edu