Storytelling Arts of Indiana was incorporated in 1987 as Stories, Inc by three passionate individuals, Nancy Barton, Ellen Munds and Bob Sander. The first event, the Hoosier Storytelling Festival took place on the grounds of Conner Prairie in August 1988. With the help of many community members, the organization has grown to offer over 140 events per year. From local favorites to nationally-recognized names, Storytelling Arts has brought tellers from all walks of life to Hoosier audiences for over 25 years. In addition to the full schedule of storytelling concerts, Storytelling Arts of Indiana also provides:
- Weekly storytelling at a local children’s hospital.
- Monthly As I Recall Storytelling Guild Meetings at the Glendale Library and the Hancock County Public Library
- Jabberwocky after-work monthly events in collaboration with IndyFringe
- Liar’s Contest in conjunction with the Indiana State Fair
- Summer Storytelling for various day camps in Indianapolis
- LIfe Stories Project in collaboration with the Indiana Historical Society and WFYI
- The Story of Your Business and the Business of Your Story workshop series.
Storytelling Arts of Indiana received the Regional Service Award from the National Storytelling Network in 1998. Storytelling Arts of Indiana was recognized again in 2004 with the NUVO Cultural Vision Award. In 2009, the executive director received the Distinguished National Service award for her work in the local and national storytelling community.