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."
We believe in a better world through the power of storytelling.
The International Storytelling Center is open and we look forward to welcoming you back! The safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain our top priority and continue to guide our decisions. During this transitional time, we will monitor the latest regulations and safety guidelines as released by state and regional health officials and agencies as well as expert consultants, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will take appropriate actions as necessary. We appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor the evolving CDC Guidelines as they apply to our events.
Storytelling Online! 2021
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 a summer series of evening concerts and one special children’s show beginning in June and running through the end of July.
Storytelling Online! tickets are $15 per household and available for sale through Friday at 4:30pm ET the week of the event — and they’ll remain available for four days afterward in case you miss the show or want to watch it again. You can also purchase a special season ticket right now that includes all 8 concerts for just $75. Prices include all fees.
Freedom Stories Toolkit Now Available
The Freedom Stories Toolkit includes free resources developed by and for each of the online Freedom Stories events including recorded performances, discussions, slide show presentations, information about each contributor, and links to external resources. More materials will be made available in the future including curriculum guides, book lists, and other resources prepared by scholars and experts that organizations and individuals across the globe can use for facilitating similar community collaborations. Dr. Alicestyne Turley, Freedom Stories Project Director, describes the toolkit as “a way to keep the conversation going.” It is ISC’s hope that these materials will help humanities discussions reach larger audiences in and beyond Central Appalachia. All resources in the toolkit are free for educational and non-commercial use, and can be accessed here.
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.