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World Storytelling Day 2016 – Local Update

Globally speaking, World Storytelling Day 2016 was yesterday (https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/tag/world-storytelling-day-2016/.The World Storytelling Day website indicates that the global celebration involved storytellers and listeners in over twenty nations around the globe.

Fortunately, the celebration and the spirit live on in Minnesota’s vibrant storytelling community. The stories continue this week, highlighted by a very special event on Tuesday evening, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. The program, entitled “Strong Women Telling Stories of Strong Women” features Minnesota women sharing stories; the roster of storytellers includes women from a variety of walks of life and heritage. (see earlier post) The schedule includes information about related programs and services – and the evening wraps up with refreshments and a chance to meet and share stories informally. The $10 donation supports the Veterans Resilience Project.

Organizer Larry Johnson advises that time is of the essence – available space is limited. RSVP asap at 612 747 3904 or larryjvp@gmail.com.

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World Storytelling Day spotlights strong women & heroines

Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die,

we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.

Sue Monk Kidd,  The Secret Life of Bees

The world awaits the convergence of two joyful events. Sunday, March 20, 2016 marks not only the promise of spring but celebration of the time-honored custom of storytelling. On this special day the people come together to celebrate both the Spring Equinox and World Storytelling Day.

The global theme for World Storytelling Day 2016 is “Strong Women and Heroines.” The vision for World Storytelling Day is that, during those 24 hours, everyone will tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible.  Minnesota’s celebration includes a grand event based on the “Strong Women and Heroines” theme.

As any Prairie Home fan knows, in Minnesota all of the women are strong; a select few of these strong women will share their stories in a very public venue to celebrate World Storytelling Day. The public event is set for Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.  (www.landmarkcenter.org)

As of this writing these “heroines” have agreed to share their stories:

  • Judy Brooks, Director of Community programming at Landmark Center.
  • Peggy Flanagan, State Representative, District 46A (St. Louis Park) and Director of the    Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota.
  • Catrina Huynh-Weiss, Writer/Producer/Performing Artist; Immigrant to U.S. after the 1975 Fall of Saigon.
  • Rose McGee, Author/Social Justice Activist; Creator of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie Initiative
  • Renee Weeks/Wynn, Augsburg College Student; Kawase Fellow at Hiroshima Peace Institute, August 2015
  • Elaine Wynne, Therapist/Activist; Founder of Veteran Resilience Project
  • Chante Wolf, Persian Gulf Veteran for Peace; Writer/Artist/Activist with Women Veterans

The event will raise support for Veteran Resilience Project (wwwresiliencemn.org) Suggested donation$10.

For more information contact Larry Johnson, 612 737 3904 or larryjvfp@gmail.com