At the special request of the White House, the International Storytelling Center (ISC) will soon participate in the Community Partners Action Summit in Washington, D.C. Featuring leading organizations from across the nation, the event will highlight best practices in community leadership.
The organization will be represented by Melanie Greenburg, who is an ISC board member and a leading international peace-building specialist. She’ll attend on behalf of ISC President Kiran Singh Sirah, who will be in Brazil for the Rotary International Convention and World Peace Symposium.
ISC is one of just 80 organizations that have been invited to participate. The summit, which takes place the first week in June, will bring together community leaders from across disciplines and from all over the United States to discuss innovative approaches to community building, as well as how to overcome obstacles to creating long-term meaningful change.
“We at ISC have always recognized that the arts can be harnessed as a powerful tool to build community,” says Sirah. “Storytelling can enrich lives and build a better world. We’re honored to have this essential work recognized at the highest levels of government. It’s exciting not just for us, but for our many friends, collaborators, and fans who have supported our mission from 1973 to the present day.”
The summit will be the latest in a series of collaborations focused on community and international peace-building between ISC and organizations like the United Nations, the Smithsonian Institution, the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation USA, and the National Endowment for the Arts.