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 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.

Upcoming Events

8:00 pm If These Walls Could Tell: Haunt...
If These Walls Could Tell: Haunt...
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
If These Walls Could Tell: Haunting the Aisles: The Ghost of Fowler Theatre @ Indiana Landmarks Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Fowler Theater: Winner of the 2016 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration In collaboration with Indiana Landmarks Sponsored by Frank and Katrina Basile Tickets: $15/Advance, $20/Door Purchase online or call 317-232-1882 The depression era dream of[...]
5:30 pm Keeping Hinkle “Hinkle”
Keeping Hinkle “Hinkle”
Mar 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Keeping Hinkle "Hinkle" @ Johnson Room of Robertson Hall at Butler | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Join us for the telling of Keeping Hinkle “Hinkle”, told by Sally Perkins. This story was commissioned for the If These Walls Could Tell series as a result of Hinkle Fieldhouse receiving the Cook Cup Award for Outstanding[...]
9:30 am Writing Workshop with Minton Sparks
Writing Workshop with Minton Sparks
Mar 11 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Writing Workshop with Minton Sparks @ Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
In collaboration with the Indiana Writers Center Classroom located on the Canal Level Tickets $40 for the workshop; $50 for the workshop and the performance Purchase tickets online or call 317-2321882 Southern songwriter Minton Sparks[...]