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."
The International Storytelling Center is a nonprofit organization and the premiere educational, arts and cultural institution dedicated to building better lives through the art of storytelling.
It is our organization’s goal to inspire and empower people everywhere to capture and tell their stories, listen to the stories of others, and use storytelling to produce positive change.
ISC is hiring – More than One Story Project Director
ISC is hiring a project director to lead a new place-based grant-funded initiative, More than One Story. More than One Story is an ISC led project funded by a grant from New Pluralists Collaborative, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
The Featured Teller Lineup is Here!
We recently announced the featured teller lineup for the National Storytelling Festival in October. Take a look at what we have planned, including workshops, pre-festival events, ghost stories, and more. Tickets are on sale, with a variety of options for day passes, weekend passes, and standalone events.
Storytelling 360 - New Heights, New Horizons
ISC’s mission is to use storytelling to build a better world. One way we do that is by inviting world-class artists to share stories on stage. Another is by helping regular people see that stories are an essential tool in their own daily lives. Stories help us build happy, healthy habitats and develop creative solutions to the problems we encounter day to day. And stories cultivate hope and empathy in difficult situations, including for at-risk youth, burned out health care workers, or anyone else who’s having a hard time.
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.