Building a Better World
- Boston Globe
"The small audience hangs on every word,
sound, and gesture of the storyteller on stage.
Under her spell, we wait, gasp, and exhale as one."
“From all over America,
people came to Jonesborough
just to hear stories. ”
- New York Times
“…where thousands of the faithful
gather to take part in one of
humankind's most satisfying rites. ”
- Los Angeles Times
“For what New Orleans is to jazz. . .
Jonesborough is to storytelling. ”
- The Boston Globe
“[Lepp] goes for the funny bone.
He stuffs his hands in his pockets
and leans back as he nonchalantly
lets drop the zinger to his tale. ”
- U.S. News and World Report
“The old-fashioned art of storytelling
has become a 21st century sensation. ”
"Building a Better World Through Stories."
Storytelling Online! 2020
Storytelling Online! is our new concert series that you can watch directly from your living room. Using the state-of-the-art platform we developed for the National Storytelling Festival, we’ve planned seven evening concerts and one special children’s show to take us through the end of the year. Storytelling Online! tickets are available for sale through the date of the event and can be viewed for up to 3 days after purchase.
Join us again in 2021 as we continue to explore and unearth the Black heritage of Appalachia. Topics for the next six discussions will focus on post-Civil War Appalachia, Reconstruction, and the rise of Jim Crow, among others. We will continue to hear from a variety of Black storytellers, artists, civic leaders, humanities scholars, and historians as we grapple with these important yet oft-silenced narratives. Our next event in January will take place live on our ISC Facebook timeline. Until then, we invite you to explore recordings of the past six discussions available on our YouTube channel.
Our physical location is temporarily closed until further notice. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. While closed, our mission of improving lives through storytelling endures, and we are working on digital performances, interviews, educational content, and other programs. Visit our Stories page, listen to our StoryVault podcast, watch our You Tube videos from past festivals, and continue to tune in.
The International Storytelling Center (ISC) is located in the heart of downtown Jonesborough. The ISC campus consists of the historic Chester Inn, the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, the ISC gift shop, and the Jimmy Neil Smith Storytelling Park.