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This interview with Krystal Dillard took place on August 2, 2022. Krystal is the Co-Director of Natural Creativity Center, a self-directed resource center for families who want an alternative to education for preschool through high school-aged young people. In this interview, she spoke about the Center during the 2021-2022 school year, especially regarding the transition from gathering outside to back inside the classroom. Krystal spoke about the activities young people did outdoors at the Center, from fire making to walking around the circumference of all of Philadelphia. During the transition back to inside learning, two staff members left due to vaccine requirements. Krystal spoke about how the loss of those staff members was a relief due to how they interacted with trans and nonbinary young people. Krystal reflected on her personal development in her role, as she joined the center right before the shutdown. She spoke about her hopes for the future and the struggle to find funding. Krystal reflects on how the Center will now take what they were pre-pandemic, and what they changed to during the pandemic, and become something new-- always evolving to best support and serve their families.
Alex Vara was born in San Francisco but raised just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Mill Valley, California. She is a graduate of Hampshire College and a dual MFA Creative Writing (Fiction/Nonfiction) student at The New School in New York City. She’s a public speaking teacher and host of TNS After Hours, a reading series dedicated to The New School Writing Community. She writes about family and her place within it.
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