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."
National Storytelling Festival
Make plans now to attend the 47th annual National Storytelling Festival, October 4-6, 2019 in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee! Beginning on the first Friday in October each year, this world renowned, 3-day event celebrates storytelling at its most magical.
2019 Kids Storytelling Institute
5th Grade Teachers! Save the date to bring your students to the Kids Storytelling Institute with storyteller Tim Lowry.
This new initiative pairs up common core curriculum with an immersive arts experience to create a unique educational opportunity for teachers and students.
Young Appalachian Story Summit
The event focuses on a critical issue: how youth can use storytelling as a leadership tool to create Appalachia’s future. Summit participants have the opportunity to hear from diverse voices within Appalachia; to understand how to take action in their own communities; and to join a network of like-minded young Appalachians to collaborate with beyond the even
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.