Insider/Outsider: Using Public Folklore to Build a Sense of Belonging in Appleton, WI

Rachel Steiner (Wisconsin Humanities)

This paper analyzes a community-led program in Appleton, Wisconsin as part of the Community Powered Initiative of Wisconsin Humanities. The Appleton community demonstrates a complex insider/outsider dynamic. Through reflexive analysis in the community, the author determined that public story circles would increase feelings of belonging in the community. The author partnered with a local literacy council to create a program directed toward Appleton’s immigrant and refugee communities. This paper will demonstrate how such folkloric methodologies helped navigate insider/outsider dynamics and created a sense of belonging in the target audience.

Part of V4-01 Wisconsin Humanities’ Community Powered Initiative: Building Community from the Grassroots, Thursday, October 12, 8:00 am–10:00 am