Programs You Can Support

ISC has many ways you can help share the power of storytelling. Your gift makes the power of storytelling accessible to new listeners by giving access to the National Storytelling Festival possible. You can help us digitize our archives of storytelling material from cultural traditions across the globe, allowing us to share storytelling as a way of seeing our past, present, and future with people everywhere. You can even support our community programs that bring storytelling skills and techniques to the people and places that need them most for use in their everyday lives. How will you share storytelling with the world.

The Merle Davis Fund

ISC is celebrating the life of Merle Davis, beloved arts administrator and devoted audience member of the National Storytelling Festival. Named for the late wife of storyteller Donald Davis, the Merle Davis Story Listener Fund honors the life of a story connoisseur who understood how important it is to be a good listener. The scholarship will cover registration fees and a travel stipend for one special listener to attend the National Storytelling Festival in October.

Digitizing the Archive

The ISC Collection housed in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is considered one of the world’s largest and most important collections of recorded storytelling. The Collection includes 85,000 pages of manuscripts, 3,665 sound recordings totaling over 4,000 hours, an estimated 25,000 images, and over 1,600 hours of film footage. The Collection features hundreds of master storytellers, spanning a broad spectrum of existing and emergent traditions: Native American, Gullah and African-American, Asian-American, and others inclusive of the full range of our diverse and plural society.

Community Programming

Storytelling isn’t just for professional performers. It’s for everyone. ISC organizes a range of programs and efforts in the “applied storytelling” field, which all explore storytelling at work in the real world. We know that stories support health and wellness, promote institutional change, and address real-world challenges.