World Storytelling Day has been around so long now that it has earned the right to be characterized as a “tradition.” It began in Sweden in the early 1990’s and has since spread to nations around the world, a world now connected by Ratatosk, the Scandinavian storytelling web.
A WSD post in 2016 describes more about the history of World Storytelling Day and the local expansion of the living tradition. https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/tag/world-storytelling-day-2016/) The international theme for the World Storytelling Day 2017, celebrated round the world on May 20, is “Transformation.”
Again this year local storyteller and educator Larry Johnson is heading up plans for World Storytelling Day in this community. The gathering will explore the ways in which stories transform education. Four storytellers will share their reflections on the theme at a grand public event on Tuesday, March 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Landmark Center, 75 West 5th Street in downtown St. Paul
Beverly Cottman, former high school science teacher, will share African and African American Stories that celebrate the rich heritage and culture of the African Diaspora.
Maren Hinderlie has traveled the world as a storyteller for theatrical, educational, religious events and festivals. She has just returned from telling stories in Vietnam and the Philippines.
Larry Johnson will share his storytelling skills, particularly as they shape his recent publication, Sixty-One, his personal story told as a powerful challenge to embrace peace, end war and face the health concerns of the nation’s veterans.
Kubisa S Muzenence is a respected human rights advocate, founder of Let Africa Live, a nonprofit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The evening will also showcase the winners of the 2017 Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers Peace Essay Contest for high school juniors and seniors.
There is no charge for the evening; donations will be appreciated by the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.
Reception and information tables open at 6:00 pm. The program of storytelling will begin at 7:00 p.m.
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