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

7:00 pm Ninth Annual Liar’s Contest
Ninth Annual Liar’s Contest
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ninth Annual Liar's Contest @ Pioneer Village on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
In collaboration with the Indiana State Fair Join us on opening night of the Indiana State Fair to spin a tall tale or whopper.This is your chance to shine and wow the audience and judges.[...]
4:00 pm If These Walls Could Tell: Haunt...
If These Walls Could Tell: Haunt...
Aug 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
If These Walls Could Tell: Haunting the Aisles: The Ghost of Fowler Theatre @ Fowler Theatre | Fowler | Indiana | United States
Fowler Theater: Winner of the 2016 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration In collaboration with Indiana Landmarks, Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Fowler Theatre Sponsored by Frank and Katrina Basile Tickets are free, limited seating so[...]
1:00 pm As I Recall Storytelling Guild: ...
As I Recall Storytelling Guild: ...
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
As I Recall Storytelling Guild: Hancock County Public Library @ Hancock County Public Library | Greenfield | Indiana | United States
Everybody has a story to tell! Come listen, learn, and share your family stories. It’s your chance to recall a moment from your life, try out a new story with an audience, or just listen[...]