Loren Niemi will be in the area March 26-30, 2017

Noa Baum says, “A wonderful opportunity to hone your craft and grow your storytelling art.
I’ve learned so much from working with him over the years.
He’s a great and very generous coach.”
Loren say of his coaching sessions,
“I can provide coaching in three areas (pick one or some combo thereof) – 1) coaching on what is the story? Moving from a first notion or notes, to the what do you want to tell frame for a story. 2) shaping the story. Whether it be plot or emotional arc or making the meaning and why it matters clear. and 3) performing – how does the story fit for time or venue? What do you need or want to do to fully inhabit the story?  Priced at $50 an hour or portion of.”
Contact Loren at niemistory@aol.com

Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Awards and Project Grants

Maryland Traditions applications for Apprenticeship Awards and Project Grants are now open!

Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is pleased to open applications for its annual Apprenticeship Awards and Project Grants. These two forms of support are designed to help artists and organizations document, preserve, and sustain Maryland’s traditional arts and culture.

The Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award funds a year-long period of study between a master and apprentice artist in the folk and traditional arts. These awards support the passing down of cultural knowledge in a wide array of living traditions in Maryland. Past Apprenticeship Award recipients include performers of Nepali folk music (pictured) and Korean drumming, as well as practitioners of Chinese calligraphy and Norwegian rosemåling. Download the application for this award here. Note that Apprenticeship Award applications must be submitted on paper and postmarked before midnight on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

The Maryland Traditions Project Grant helps organizations add significance to Maryland’s cultural communities by encouraging and funding professionals as well as community scholars, organizations, and artists working with Maryland’s traditional arts and culture. Past Project Grant-funded activities include the production of an old time fiddle competition, a rowhouse arts festival, and a documentary film on traditional river baptisms. Access the application for this grant here. Note that Project Grant applications must be submitted via eGrant, MSAC’s online grant application system. Instructions are available via the link above. Online submission of applications is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

Technical assistance for Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Awards and Project Grants is available to all applicants. Please refer any questions or comments to Maryland Traditions Director Chad Edward Buterbaugh at (410) 767-6450 or chad.buterbaugh@maryland.gov. We hope to hear from you by Feb. 3!

Livestream the National Storytelling Festival

From the International Storytelling Center:

Can’t make it to this year’s National Storytelling Festival? We’ve got you covered.

 On Friday, October 7, we’re streaming video live from our Family Tent so you can join us in Jonesborough from wherever you happen to be.

Throw a viewing party, check in on your phone during lunch, or binge watch the whole thing from the comfort of your couch!

 Want to convince others about the power of storytelling? Invite your family, colleagues, and students to tune in, too!

It’s easy, it’s entertaining, and it’s free!

Visit us at https://livestream.com/storytelling/events/6378452

Join the celebration by using the hashtag #storyfest on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Connect with our audience in Jonesborough and around the globe!

Summer Institutes and a Master’s Degree program for Storytellers at ETSU

East Tennessee State University offers a Master of Arts in Professional Communication (PCOM) with Concentration in Storytelling/Theatre. This is one of a select few fully accredited graduate programs in Professional and Applied Storytelling in the United States.

The ETSU Storytelling Institutes are short intensive master classes on particular topics within the field of contemporary storytelling. Established in 1992, ETSU Institute instructors have included many of the best-loved performers and teachers in the storytelling world. ETSU Summer Institutes are a great way for interested students to get a taste of the spirit and energy of the ETSU Storytelling Program.

These popular four day workshops may be attended by anyone–either for university credit or on a non-credit basis. Generally one graduate credit hour is available per institute. In-state tuition is available to those who enroll–no matter the residence of the enrollee; however you must go through the National Storytelling Network Instructional Credit Agreement to receive this special rate.

August 1st -3rd, 2016, Andy Offut Irwin will be instructing a course “Telling stories with Wit” ~ great opportunity to learn from one of the best Andy is one of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States. Andy has been a featured teller at the International Storytelling Festival for 6 years and has received many awards for his work.

September 30th – October 2nd. Clare Muireann Murphy will teach you how to navigate a “Journey through the Landscape of Story” ~ this young woman is bright and creative in her multifaceted works and skills. Clare is a world renowned storyteller who is currently touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company and working internationally as a consultant and an artistic associate with the National Theatre.

For more information: http://www.etsu.edu/cas/comm_perform/storytelling/

Or contact: Charis Hickson,Graduate Assistant, ETSU Storytelling Program, 423.439.7606

Voices Member Announces New Book

Voices Member Announces New Book:

Announcing the publication of Laura J. Bobrow’s new book, “The Book of Names.” published by Daffydowndilly Press 1840 West 220th Street, Suite 300 Torrance, CA 90501

Advance reviews:   “In the deeply eccentric and entirely charming tradition of Edward Lear, these quirky little poems open to the child’s imagination … a whole kaleidoscope of odd ideas. With their slightly crazed logic and addictive metrical form, with gleams of wisdom among their high jinks, they really represent a newly-invented form, like the limerick…… A delight.”              ~~ Frederick Turner

“—sure to delight young readers.” ~~Carmen Agra Deedy

Illustrations by the author. Available November 20th from www.Amazon.com, www.kelsaybooks.com, or from the author at www.laurajbobrow.com. Price $10.