Telling Jonesborough’s Stories
The Jonesborough Community Storytelling Program, Telling Jonesborough’s Stories, is a one-of-a-kind, community-based project intended to celebrate what’s special about Jonesborough and its people through story.
Through this community programming, ISC’s campus and other locations throughout the Town will serve as venues that provide visitors with a growing agenda of entertaining and educational experiences—a series of strategies to support Jonesborough’s vision of becoming a national, even international, travel destination.
Formally introduced in 2010 by Jimmy Neil Smith, ISC founder and president emeritus, the program will be carried out in partnership with the Town of Jonesborough.
Telling Jonesborough’s Stories will allow anyone in the community to share their stories via several mechanisms including the Web, one-on-one interviews, group interaction, and simple conversation.
These stories will be shared through many outlets including video and audio recordings, publications, theater and musical productions, walking tours, film, as well as museum and art exhibits.
Stories are being collected now and will be used to present story-based community performances in Jonesborough during 2011. Community Performance International, an organization specializing in the creation of theatrical productions from stories of people and their places, is working with ISC to discover and craft Jonesborough’s stories and will write and direct the community performance scheduled next year.
Learn how the program will be administered and managed.
There are three main activities being promoted.
Jonesborough residents will harvest, craft, and share their stories.
There are opportunities for a wide range of people to tell their stories.
Designed to celebrate Jonesborough, Tennessee and its people.
Capture your moments, preserve your memories, and share your stories.