Entries sought for the Great American Story contest

 2017 Finalists in the Great American Story contest.

2017 Finalists in the Great American Story contest.

You are invited to enter the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council’s third annual Great American Story contest. Judges will narrow the selections to four finalists who will perform the best-told stories at an event Saturday, Sept. 22at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

At the public performance, the audience will vote to select the top two storytellers among the four finalists. The two semi-finalists will be given a prompt and tell a 10-minute extemporaneous story. The audience will then select the winner.

First place storyteller will receive an award of $1,000. Second place will receive $500, and each of the other two finalists will receive $250. Lodging arrangements will be made if needed.

For entry information and rules for the Great American Story, please go to www.thegreatamericanstory.org. Entries no more than 10 minutes in length may be posted online or recorded on a CD or flash drive and mailed. Entry fee is $10. Entries must be posted on the website or, if mailed, postmarked no later than June 30.

Audience members have commented: “Park Rapids is such a thriving artistic community … Bravo!” “Sharing something from the heart and making it real make for a powerful art.” “It takes a special person to tell stories and keep us interested.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council serves as an umbrella organization for 16 arts and cultural organizations in the greater Park Rapids area. Representatives from these arts groups, along with individual arts project champions, meet monthly to coordinate arts calendars, share information and incubate interest in new arts projects. PRLAAC also maintains a website - www.prlaac.org - and sponsors successful projects including Art Leap and Noon Hour Concerts.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

Call for storytellers for Festival of Nations

Again this year, Story Arts of MN will sponsor the Storytelling Stage at the Festival of Nations on May 3-6, 2018 in St. Paul.

Carol McCormick is booking tellers for 30 minute slots sharing stories from their Ethnic Heritage. If you are interested in telling at the FON, please email Carol at  mccobuch@comcast.net with your name, email, mailing address, phone #, available dates and times, and what nation(s) from your family tree that you could represent. Also include if you have stories for family and/or adult audiences. 

Available times and audiences are:

Thursday May 3
10 am to 2 pm School Age

Friday May 4
10 am to 3 pm School Age
6:00 to 7:00 pm General Public
8 to 9 pm Storytelling Concert (3 tellers)

Saturday May 5
10 am to 5 pm General Public
8:30 to 9:30 Ghost Story Concert (3 tellers)

Sunday May 6
Noon to 5:00 pm General Public

Tellers will receive some free passes to the FON and be paid according to the funds available.  (If you're aware of a foundation or nonprofit that might like to support the Storytelling Stage, please let Carol know.)

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Duke Addicks Scholarship Northlands Confabulation! 2018

 

 


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Duke Addicks Scholarship
Northlands Confabulation! 2018

The Duke Addicks Scholarship has been set up to honor the memory of Mentor Duke Addicks, a storyteller well known for his ghost stories, stories from his native heritage, and of Minnesota characters such as Pigs Eye Perrant.  He believed  stories are powerful and can transform lives and communities.  The Duke Addicks Scholarship is intended to assist new storytellers from Minnesota, with a financial need, to pursue their interest in storytelling.  

EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE:  March 31, 2018.

Please provide the following information by email to storyartsmn@gmail.com with SCHOLARSHIP in the subject line. Please submit the application by March 31, 2018

Scholarship funds include conference fee (not including the Friday master class). Meals and Northlands membership are included.  

 Name:

Address:

Phone:

Email:

Employment and/or Student Status:

Birth Year:

1. How did you hear about the Duke Addick’s Memorial Scholarship?

2. Why are you interested in attending the Northlands Storytelling Conference?

3. Describe your experience with storytelling and/or story listening.

4. What do you think you will do with storytelling in your life?

5. Describe in general terms your need for financial assistance?

Information about Northlands and the 2018 Confabulation:
http://northlands.net/

Download Addicks Scholarship information:
http://northlands.net/wp-content/uploads/Duke-Addicks-Memorial-Scholarship-2018.pdf

Read about Duke Addicks' life and work:
https://www.storyartsmn.org/news/2016/12/30/story-arts-remembers-duke-addicks-1

Santa Enchants Children at P.J. Stories

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Santa Claus was the featured storyteller at P.J. Stories in December.  He's shown here with emcee (and SAM president) Pam Schweitzer and two audience members, after the jolly old elf shared a wealth of Christmas lore with eager listeners.  

P.J. Stories takes place on the 3rd or 4th Monday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm, at the Underground Music Cafe in St. Paul.  Check the SAM calendar for dates.  Different storytellers are featured each month.  The event is free for kids and families, although tips are appreciated.  Please join us!  

Call for Storytellers at Festival of Nations

Carol McCormick presents $1,000.00 check to SAM Treasurer Leif Wallin. Carol applied for and received this grant money from Northlands Storytelling Network to help fund the Storytelling Stage at the Festival of Nations (FON) on May 3-6, 2018 in St. Paul.

Carol will be booking tellers for 30 minute slots sharing stories from their Ethnic Heritage. This year Carol is hoping to pair novice tellers with only 10 or 15 minutes of material with experienced tellers.  If you are interested in telling at the FON, please email Carol at  mccobuch@comcast.net with your name, email, mailing address, phone #, available dates and times, and what nation(s) from your family tree that you could represent. Also include if you have stories for family and/or adult audiences and if you can fill 30 minutes or less. Last year in addition to individual teller slots we had a Friday Night Adult Concert, a Saturday Morning Family Concert and a Saturday Night Ghost Story Concert. Tellers will receive some free passes to the FON and be paid according to the funds available. Please let Carol know if you have a foundation or nonprofit to recommend that Carol could apply to for funding this venue.

Festival of Nations Storytelling Stage hours:

Thursday May 3  School Groups only  from 10 am to 3 pm  
Friday May 4  School Groups 10 am to 3 pm; General Public 3 pm to 9 pm
Saturday May 5  General Public 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday May 6  General Public 10 am to 6 pm

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Message from the SAM Board President - November 2017

Hello SAM Members and Stakeholders,

Brrr… it is hard to believe the spooks and goblins just visited and we are quickly on our way to the winter holidays.  The SAM board is working hard and I am writing to highlight a few things that are happening in the SAM community. As SAM president, I will be sending out bi-monthly membership letters.  If you have something that you would like highlighted or know of a member doing interesting storytelling related activities please let us know so we can give that person a shout out to the community.

Story Connections: SAM Meet and Greet
November 14th, 7:30- 9:30, Lynnhall, 2640 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408.

You asked for ways to get to know fellow storytellers better, so we are committed to organizing quarterly social events.  Our first will be at The  Lynnhall, 2640 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408.  Please stop in for as long as you can. Lynnhall has food and drink available for purchase.

Member Focus:
Dorothy Cleveland’s Wonderful New Adventure

After 40 years of working in administration, Dorothy Cleveland was looking for an opportunity that would allow her to work part-time, set her own schedule, work in her pajamas, and, best case scenario, include storytelling.  She got her wish when she was hired to take on the job of Administrator/ Conference Coordinator for the Northlands Storytelling Network.  Her new job will allow her to combine her love of spreadsheets with her passion for  stories. Dorothy  started September first, and is thankful for a  year long transition period where Karen Wollscheid will coach her through all the many demands of managing membership, serving the board, maintaining the website, and coordinating the popular Northlands Conference.  She asks for patience as she learns the timing of different tasks and becomes comfortable with conference details.  Dorothy is excited to be taking on this new position and looks forward to seeing you all at the April 27-29, Confabulation! 2018 conference being held in Madison, Wisconsin at the Pyle Center.

Not one to sit still during retirement, Dorothy has also just published a new book with Barbara G. Schutzgruber called Beyond the Sword Maiden: A Storyteller’s Introduction to the Heroine’s Journey.  This project started years ago as a thesis for a master's program. As they developed the book Dorothy and Barbara held workshops across the United States to identify questions people had about the heroine’s journey and what readers and storytellers needed from a book.  Beyond the Sword Maiden is a working manual with outlines and examples storytellers can use when writing and telling stories of the heroine’s journey.  Dorothy will be having a book signing party later this year or early 2018. Books are available for pre-order right now.  For more information www.beyondswordmaiden.com

(We have a very diverse membership, all doing exciting things.  If you would like to be highlighted or think another member should be highlighted, please bring them to my attention.  I plan to highlight a different member each letter.)

How Can You Help?

1. Member Bios on the website: Regarding the website, we're already working on  expanding the directory of storytellers (the "Hire a Storyteller" page) and making the calendar a comprehensive guide to upcoming storytelling programs, classes, workshops, and more. Please submit content for profiles and/or calendar entries directly to Sue Searing (suesearing@gmail.com) or Taylor Dobson (taylor.dobson@gmail.com) or use the form on the website (https://www.storyartsmn.org/new-page/).

2. Serve on the Board:  We are currently looking for members who are interested in serving on the board.  If you would like to put your name in for consideration please contact Khary Jackson at shazzalives@gmail.com.

3. A new Website and Social Media Committee is being formed to run down the list of recommendations from the membership and implement them. If you have some skills with social media or websites we can use you. The commitment can vary depending upon your interests and availability.  

4. Social Events Committee
Do you enjoy organizing social events? Have a great place for people to gather? We would like to hold 4 social events in 2017-2018 for SAM members to meet and greet and draw support from one another.  

If you are interested in helping with either of these two committees, please contact Pam Schweitzer at pls2009@live.com .  

The board has set a goal of having 50% of non board members help make SAM run and operate.  Many of the ideas that came out of the listening sessions were outstanding and with your energy and skills we will be able to make many of them happen.  

Yours in Story,

Pam Schweitzer
SAM President
pls2009@live.com
651-724-4723

Message from the SAM board president - September 2017

Hello SAM Members and Stakeholders,

I hope you had a terrific summer and took the time to take in some of the excellent storytelling during the Fringe or at other venues. We finished up our Listening sessions in June and they generated a lot of great ideas. The top ideas include hosting social events which allow the membership opportunities to meet and get to know each other. Another suggestion that surfaced again and again was to beef up our website by adding more content, and by making it more user friendly for both SAM members and the public.

As we head into the Fall, the board will be focusing on making your top priorities in the listening sessions a reality for SAM, but we are a membership run organization, and really need your help.  

How Can You Help?

1. Member Bios on the website: Regarding the website, we're already working on  expanding the directory of storytellers (the "Hire a Storyteller" page) and making the calendar a comprehensive guide to upcoming storytelling programs, classes, workshops, and more. Please submit content for profiles and/or calendar entries directly to Sue Searing (suesearing@gmail.com) or Taylor Dobson (taylor.dobson@gmail.com) or use the form on the website (https://www.storyartsmn.org/new-page/.

2. A new Website and Social Media Committee is being formed to run down the list of recommendations from the membership and implement them. If you have some skills with social media or websites we can use you. The commitment can vary depending upon your interests and availability.  

3. Social Events Committee

Do you enjoy organizing social events? Have a great place for people to gather? We would like to hold 4 social events for SAM members to meet and greet and draw support from one another.  

If you are interested in helping with either of these two committees, please contact Pam Schweitzer at pls2009@live.com 

The board has set a goal of having 50% of non board members help make SAM run and operate.  Many of the ideas that came out of the listening sessions were outstanding and with your energy and skills we will be able to make many of them happen.  

Yours in Story,

Pam Schweitzer
SAM President