About Us

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 30 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, an oral history project in collaboration with the Indiana Historical Society and WFYI
  • The Story of Your Business and the Business of Your Story workshop series.
  • Two Truths and a Lie to various Indiana state parks during the summer months

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.

Upcoming Events

Apr
26
Thu
1:00 pm Recalling, Developing and Tellin...
Recalling, Developing and Tellin...
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Recalling, Developing and Telling your Family Stories @ Hamilton East Public Library | Noblesville | Indiana | United States
Everybody has a story to tell! Come listen, learn, and share your family stories. It’s a chance to recall a moment from your life, develop it into a story and learn how to tell it.[...]
Apr
28
Sat
7:00 pm Crooked Ways of the Ancient Gree...
Crooked Ways of the Ancient Gree...
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Crooked Ways of the Ancient Greek Gods told by Barbara McBride-Smith @ Frank and Katrina Basile Theater  Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Sponsored by the Bill and Gini Percifield Fund Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for high school and college students with valid ID Purchase at StorytellingArts.org or call 317-232-1882 Award-winning storyteller Barbara[...]
May
3
Thu
1:00 pm Recalling, Developing and Tellin...
Recalling, Developing and Tellin...
May 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Recalling, Developing and Telling your Family Stories @ Hamilton East Public Library | Noblesville | Indiana | United States
Everybody has a story to tell! Come listen, learn, and share your family stories. It’s a chance to recall a moment from your life, develop it into a story and learn how to tell it.[...]