I’ve talked about my work and philosophy as a Teaching Artist, griped about things, had fun with things personal, and while I’ve danced around it, I don’t really think (without going through all by posts, which this morning I’m not up for that challenge) I’ve talked all that much about being a Storyteller, and why I have enjoyed it so much.
So, now I know what I’ll do for the last six of these blog for the Ultimate Blog Challenge. There is a lot to talk about in the world of the Storyteller. It’s not just for children is the first thing I want to put out there, although many still think that way.
There is The Moth type of personal story programs, live and on the radio/podcasts, that often are not at all for kids.
The Joseph Campbell Foundation continues his work in Mythology and comparative religion.
There is the Masters in Oral Traditions program at The Graduate Institute. The work produced during the two year program spans the generations, subject matter running from picture books to tales of the destructive nature of oppression.
There is corporate storytelling, which Alan Kay said while working for Walt Disney Imaging, said:
“Why was Solomon recognized as the wisest man in the world? Because he knew more stories (proverbs) than anyone else. Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and we’re all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories.”
There are programs in storytelling in almost, if not all, institutions and organizations around the world. Libraries and schools are the two main focuses, but you can find storytelling at: Museums, festivals, theaters, camps, retreats, houses of worship, elder care locations, cafes, specialty stores (books, clothing, jewelry..yes), in your own home and family, and many other venues. They range from stories for little ones to intergenerational telling, obviously.
I just came across, by a way of a writer I found on Twitter, Alain Miles, a series of six articles by Michelle MacEwan called The Power of Myth and Storytelling. Thanks Alain..funny guy to “talk” to. Worth following.
More to come.