January 2023 Newsletter

We Still Have Spots for this (Virtual) Workshop

“Healing Divides Through Storytelling” with Sheila Arnold

Saturday, February 11 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

Back by popular demand! We asked Sheila Arnold to reprise her popular pre-Festival workshop on healing and storytelling — and through the power of Zoom, it will be open to everyone. Building on the use of storytelling as a positive practice in communities, schools, healthcare facilities, and religious institutions, Sheila will demonstrate how stories can help us bridge divides and create a more inclusive and equitable world.

Reserve your spot here.

Storytelling: A Gift of Hope

This month on the President’s blog, ISC president Kiran Singh Sirah reflects on the power of storytelling as a gift of hope and looks at some of the wishes we made together at the 2022 National Storytelling Festival:

“Stories inform our shared future. If you joined us in Jonesborough for the Festival, you may have seen the Wish Tree in the lobby of our Center. It was an interactive exhibit where we asked people to write a wish, dream, prayer, reflection, or hope on a white paper tag that was then tied to the branches of the tree.”

Read it here.

Check Out Our New Video Series

At the 2022 National Storytelling Festival, ISC partnered with E Pluribus Unum to create a series of videos showcasing the power of storytelling. The project celebrates the 50th National Storytelling Festival and the power of honest, frank stories around hard topics to impact people’s hearts and minds. Look for cameos from Elizabeth Ellis, Sheila Arnold, Ray Christian, Bil Lepp, and more.

Learn more and watch the videos here.

TN4Arts License Plate
TN4Arts License Plate

Become a TN4Arts Advocate

You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to become an advocate for the arts. Here’s a simple and direct way to show your love if you’re a Tennessee resident: purchase a specialized license plate.

The process is easy:

  • Visit your local County Clerk’s Office.
  • Ask for a Tennessee Arts Commission License Plate.
  • Exchange your old plate for a shiny new one. (Don’t forget your screwdriver!)
  • Show off your love for the arts as you drive around town.

Learn more here.


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