2012 – 2013 Survivor Stories Scroll

Sponsored by:

Expedition Inspiration

Project Champion:

Krista Detwiler

What are the appropriate grade levels:

K to 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:


Is there an opportunity for community service:

Yes – 5 to 10 hours

Is this a new or existing project:

This is an existing project.

Estimated project cost:




We would like to create a public art piece called the Survivor Stories Scroll under the guidance of Danica Mattias, local artist, and EI Marketing and Development Director Krista Detwiler. During our Paint the Town Pink Week, July 23-August 5, Mattias and Expedition Inspiration created a public art installment in the Sun Valley Meadows
called “ 1 in 8“ to honor the 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Throughout the construction process and beyond we heard so many personal stories about people’ s relationships and struggles with breast cancer and other cancers. We would like to continue this kind of outreach and engage the community in the healing nature of art while honoring survivors’ stories.

First, we want to be sure that all students involved have a basic understanding of what cancer is. Depending on age, the word ?cancer? may hold a heavy, unknown meaning, and we want to clarify it. We would either collaborate with science teachers or provide our own introduction to certain classrooms. We could also possibly bring in a member of our Medical Advisory Committee to speak on the subject as each of them is incredibly knowledgable.

We would like the students of Blaine County to collect these stories and honor them. The collection process would involve forming questions as a group that are respectful and appropriate, but that also capture an effective story. Students would learn the aspects of good storytelling and they would hone their interviewing skills.

The final aspect would be entirely artistic and hands on. The students would make handmade sheets of paper from recycled newspaper: They would be recycling stories, make their own, and pass them on for the sake of breast cancer awareness. Each sheet would be stitched together with pink thread to align the project with breast cancer’s most recognizable color. The collected stories would then be translated to the handmade paper. The end product is a scroll of recycled, handmade paper that honors the cancer stories of our community members (and beyond).

The confidentiality and anonymity of each interviewee would be respected based on their wishes: Names, locations, etc. can certainly be altered or not included to ensure the interviewees’ comfort.

The scroll would hang in a public, covered venue TBD, and the scroll could easily move locations. Mattias says, “I imagine it hanging higher than eye level and draping down into an unraveled pile… so powerful.”

Project Images

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Classrooms who have adopted this project

Wood River Middle School
7th Grade Blue Team
Jill Clark, Julie Nelson, Donna McKelvey, Bruce Clark and Jesse Neet
110 students