The Kansas City Storytelling Celebration, hosted by Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods, launches its 17th season with something for everyone. Anecdotes, myths, legends and lessons will honor the timeless tradition of tale weaving with events held at more than 100 sites across the Kansas City metro area.
This year’s celebration runs from Nov. 2 to Nov. 5.
From folktales to tall-tales, fantasy, fiction and fairy tales to personal life stories, all share the spotlight to bring the audience a unique understanding of the world at large and of their own lives.
Schools, libraries, senior centers, Boys and Girls Clubs and special sites around the metro area help community members of all ages, races and backgrounds experience the world through stories.
Featured tellers for 2016 are:
Charlotte Blake Alston performs in venues throughout North America and abroad. Venues are wide and include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the Kimmel Center, the Women of the World Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, prisons, detention centers and a refugee camp in northern Senegal.
National award winner Jim Two Crows Wallen is a freelance oral historian who combines his love of history with a good story, keeping you spellbound. As the oldest son of an oldest son, Two Crows grew up in a rich heritage of storytelling. He is the fourth of six generations of storytellers, which includes his daughter, Cristi Rose, and three of four grandchildren. Two Crows has been sharing stories for 25 years, averaging more than 300 performances per year. The Missouri native has captured the imaginations of audiences spanning three continents.
Award winning Michigan storyteller, author and teaching artist, Judy Sima has been delighting audiences since 1987. Sima’s warm, engaging performances combine folk, traditional and modern tales, with humor, song and loads of audience participation. Well known for her highly interactive and practical workshops, Sima has been featured at educational, library and storytelling conferences across the nation. With more than 20 years of experience coaching students and adults, she has helped many others become storytellers.
Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw and an award-winning author and storyteller. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and his paternal grandmother attended a series of rigorous Indian boarding schools in the early 1900’s. Responding to a scarcity of Choctaw lore, Tingle began collecting tribal stories in the early 90’s.
All four featured storytellers will appear for the Storytelling Spectacular on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Kansas City Missouri Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main, St., Kansas City at 7 p.m.
For a complete schedule of events, click here.
Founded in 1999 with the help of the River and Prairie Storyweavers, the annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration has grown from a small group of local tellers to a nationwide event. The original goal of fostering healthy dialogue about diversity and community involvement has grown to include a wider number of individuals each year – from 20,000 in its inaugural year to more than 250,000 a year.
MCC-Maple Woods and its community partners invite you to experience this one-of-a-kind event and spread the word about the importance of teaching the community to become citizens of the world through stories.