LFP MISSION

 

The mission of the Live Forever Project (LFP) is to keep memories alive through the power of the arts and to empower every citizen of the world to participate in this mission, no matter what level of artistic experience they have, or where they happen to be in their personal journey.

We gather stories from elders about their lives, then share the stories through art forms such as theater, music, songwriting, dance, poetry, and visual art. By doing this, we seek to preserve and share the stories, honor the people who lived them, and help all of us remember who we are. We seek to understand the human experience and to connect people and generations by helping them appreciate their lives and the lives around them. In this way, the stories and people will live on forever.

OUR STORY

Live Forever Project (LFP) was founded in 2013 by a small group of artists in Wisconsin who wanted to tell the stories of World War II veterans. They decided to use their artistic talents to bring the stories and memories to life so that the memories would live on forever. This small group of artists created and performed several full-length musical productions featuring the stories of local Wisconsin elders, with a WWII emphasis. The productions integrated multiple art forms including songwriting, theatre, storytelling, dance, poetry, and visual art. Since then, the focus of LFP has expanded from being focused on WWII veterans to including elders of all backgrounds, regardless of military status.

LFP continues to grow and develop. We regularly welcome more  people from many different places into the project. LFP is truly for everyone. We believe that anyone from anywhere at any age can find fulfillment in listening and creating. Writers and creators need not have any experience in their chosen art form...only a desire to learn, grow, listen, and connect.

Here are several aspects of the current scope of LFP:

  • Local Core Troupe (Sheboygan, WI)

  • Affiliated Local Artists

  • LFP Facebook/Online Troupe

  • LFP Youth/Education

Eugene Hilke, a WWII Veteran who was stationed in New Guinea, tells us his stories for the Live Forever Project.

"I can tell you really listened."

-Eugene

 LFP CORE VALUES

  1. We seek to be inclusive and tell the untold

  2. We do not portray anything that is racist, homophobic, or otherwise discriminatory, offensive, or graphic.

  3. We are volunteer-based and community-service based. 

  4. LFP is NOT for profit. We do not charge an elder to be interviewed. We do not charge a featured elder or their families for admission to a showing of their stories. All pieces we create are available to the public for free, with purchase options.

  5. We stay true to the story and respectful in portraying the lives of the people featured

  6. Elders and their families are the first to view the art-forms created that feature their stories, giving input prior to public presentation.

Marie K, 96 of Sheboygan, tells us her stories for the Live Forever Project.