ADRI to showcase 'StoryWalks' research through dialogue and workshop

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Kimberly Powell, associate professor of education, art education, and Asian studies, and an affiliate faculty member with the Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI), will discuss and demonstrate her research project, "StoryWalks," March 27 and 29.

As part of the ADRI lunchtime dialogue series, Powell will present “StoryWalks: Entangling Movement, Narrative, and Place for an Embodied Research Practice” from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. She will discuss her four-year walking research project, StoryWalks, and the ways in which walking can be an artful and embodied research practice of place-making, storytelling and inquiry into issues of community identity, history and social vision.

Powell will offer the opportunity for participants to practice StoryWalks in her workshop "Storying through Movement: Walking, Sensing, and Making Places," to be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the ADRI (16 Borland Building) on Thursday, March 29.

Participants are invited to explore the connections found between movement and story and engage in artful approaches to walking as an embodied practice of storytelling. Registration is required for the workshop and is available at

Powell holds a dual appointment in the College of Education and the College of Arts and Architecture. She is an affiliate faculty member of music education and of Asian studies, as well as an affiliate Fellow with the Arts and Design Research Incubator in the College of Arts and Architecture.

An arts educator, qualitative methodologist and educational anthropologist, her research interests include the arts as intercultural practices of identity and social inquiry, embodiment, public pedagogy, sensory, and arts-based research methodologies, ethnography, and educational anthropology. Her current research projects include StoryWalks, an exploration into walking as an artful practice of place-making, identity and social inquiry. Her research, part of a larger, international research initiative on walking, is documented on the website

The Arts and Design Research Incubator provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects. All programs are free and open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, take place in the ADRI (16 Borland Building).

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Last Updated March 12, 2018