By Ellen Munds

Have you noticed that our lives are made up of stories? Some of us have stories of immigrating to the U.S., and some of us have stories of moving from one state to another. Some of us have stories of backpacking across Europe, and some of us have stories of summer vacations on the family farm. Some of us have stories of marriage, and some of us have stories of divorce. Our stories define us.

STORYTELLING122012 (77)When we share our stories, we share who we are. When we listen to the stories of friends, family and neighbors, we learn who they are. This is an intimate exchange—and the way we make sense of our world.

Storytelling Arts of Indiana creates the space for this intimate exchange, room where we can listen to and share stories. You can participate during the As I Recall Storytelling Guild meetings, at Jabberwocky and through the Life Stories Project. Public performances give you the chance to listen to universal truths, cultures and history not experienced firsthand. Hearing them expands your sense of the world.

We help children make sense of their world by telling folktales at 15 summer day camps in Marion County. And 50 weeks a year, we also send storytellers to practice their craft at a local children’s hospital. These stories increase the literacy culture of our youth, expanding their sense of the world.

We have been creating the spaces to listen and to tell stories for almost 30 years! If you want us to continue to create, expand and exist, we need your help. We need you to make a donation. Your gift will help us present all of the activities mentioned above as well as our newest project, Two Truths and a Lie. Please do it now before you forget. Many thanks.