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Tim Ereneta – Bringing Storytelling to the Fringe.


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Storyteller Tim Ereneta storytelling Prince Charming

Tim Erenta writes…
Here’s the best thing about a storytelling performance in a Fringe Festival: I don’t have to wait to be discovered. I don’t have to worry about offending my host with my material. The stories that I want to tell, whether they are sacred or profane, personal or traditional: it’s all up to me. I get to decide what I want to put onstage. Such artistic freedom is exhilarating.

Here’s the worst thing about storytelling performance in a Fringe Festival: the audience gets to decide what show they want to see. The stories that I want to tell: there is no guarantee that audiences will want to hear them.

The challenge, then, is to connect to Read the rest of this entry »

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ISC Seeks to Break Agreement with NSN

The International Storytelling Center has asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to alter or annal nullify their contract with the National Storytelling Network.

This is a very personal moment for me – I am invested in the success of both these organizations. I am an active member of NSN and I believe that the ISC is essential for the success of the American storytelling revival. So who do I side with? I side with both organizations – being that I love them both – I am a child of two parents – long divorced – who are quarreling over money while the riches of the worlds drift through their fingers.

I know that many of you are mad at the ISC – I ask you to practice the better part of your nature and forgive… buy your tickets NOW to next years festival – I did – help this Jewel in the Crown of American Storytelling continue… I also ask the board members of NSN to defend NSN’s right to control the National Storytelling Festival and to negotiate with ISC as co-owners of the brand, name and event for the good of both organizations. Clearly no one wants to see ISC go down or NSN stripped of needed funding from the festival that represents members investment in the long term heath of the national storytelling festival.

A few articles on the fiscal history and current events with the ISC is below…
here http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?ID=85483

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/feb/03/court-battle-international-storytelling-festival/

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?ID=86628

and an interesting rumor of returning to a really old model of the wealthy supporting the arts – yes!
http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?ID=87260

more on the White horse…
Knoxvilebiz Times

The Rescuing Prince on the White Horse may not be so perfect… read a little bit on George Shinn’s Wikipedia entry.

But this article gives a great overview of how George Shinn may have matured and learned from his past mistakes…

Most recent update – http://www.heraldandtribune.com/Detail.php?Cat=HOMEPAGE&ID=59432

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Ben Nind – Storytelling is Essential to Community Health and Life.


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Ben Nind - Storytelling and Art Organizer

Storytelling Is Essential to Community Health and Life.

Do we really have to justify why this is so? Are we so removed from ourselves as purveyors of stories that we actually need to rationalize, in some manner or form – why storytelling is essential? This is an odd question because it means that I have to somehow divorce story from the human experience and that is an impossible task.

The glue that holds all of the pieces together is story past, present and future.
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Jimmy Neil Smith – The Future of the International Storytelling Center


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Jimmy Neil Smith - President of the International Storytelling Center.
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Jimmy Neil Smith writes…
In the early 1990s, I attended a conference of the Tennessee Arts Commission in nearby Johnson City.
During the session, potter Bill Strickland spoke about the arts-based Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center in inner-city Pittsburgh an institution, founded by Strickland, that teaches low-income, inner-city youths an employment skill.

Strickland spoke eloquently about his institution and its program. His address was stirring and powerful. Then, as a closing, Strickland said, “I challenge each of you to go home and build an institution that confirms and makes real what you know.”

Strickland’s challenge inspired me.

Less than a year later, the National Storytelling Association announced the development of what would become the International Storytelling Center the organization’s first permanent home in 30 years and a “launching pad” for a series of national and international programs, products, and services.

It was Strickland’s challenge that would give birth to the institution that has become the International Storytelling Center. The Center campus now composed of the elegant Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, Historic Center Inn, and the Storytelling Read the rest of this entry »

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Michal Malinowski – The Storytelling Museum of Poland.


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A storyteller – shaman from Altay in Siberia at the festival of Intangible Heritage organized by the Storytelling Museum.

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Michal Malinowski writes…
The Storyteller Museum is a unique institution devoted to the collection, preservation and promotion of oral heritage from all over the world. Our mission is to save the vanishing examples of intangible treasures, acquaint new generations with the oral tradition of a variety of cultures and revive the custom of storytelling. Nonetheless, our attention is also devoted not only to tribal storytelling but also to contemporary trends in oral expression. The Museum has been the leading place in Poland to developed the storytelling revival movement. We have organized Storytelling Festivals and workshops in our location and other places in the country

The Storyteller Museum has an innovative approach to collecting and exhibiting different cultural artifacts by applying the latest achievements of digital technology. Our interests pertain not only to narrative texts but also to Read the rest of this entry »

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Janice M. Del Negro – Revising Feminist Folk-tales: Naming the Women.


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Dr. Janice M. Del Negro writes
When Eric and I talked about a topic for this interview, he asked me what was I passionate about? I am passionate about naming the women.

That being said, I was reluctant to use the word “feminist” in the title of this podcast. The word “feminist” is a trigger word that elicits, in many people, a strong emotional response. Since I agree with Mark Twain – “the difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning-bug”- the choice of the word “feminist” was problematic, because nearly everyone has a distinct personal definition of that particular word. Eric bypassed that concern, however: “people will search ‘feminist’ online,” he said to the library school professor. So here we are, “Revisioning the Feminist Folktale,” and I am not sure that two people on the planet have the same definition of what “feminist” means, never mind folktale, or oral tradition. So I’ll stick to passion.

I am passionate about retelling folktales. I am passionate about excavating old tales, tales that have already survived for centuries, for emotional truths that resonate with contemporary listeners. There is no definitive version of a folktale, no “original”; we can point to Read the rest of this entry »

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