November 8-10, 2018 All Day
Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City has been sponsoring the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration since 1999, and with the help of the River and Prairie Storyweavers, the event has grown from a small group of local tellers to a city wide event. The original goal of fostering healthy dialogue about diversity and community involvement has grown to include a wider number of individuals each year and has impacted nearly 300,000 area children and adults to date.
The Celebration features 40 local, regional, and nationally acclaimed storytellers in 225 performances and related events throughout the Kansas City area. An estimated 13,000 people participate in these family friendly events led by professional storytellers who represent a wide range of cultures and performance styles. The event consists of several free performances by the four featured, internationally acclaimed storytellers. The performances include a spooky night of ghost stories; scores of 45-minute to one-hour storytelling performances at schools, libraries and other community venues; plus several storytelling workshops.
The Storytelling Celebration is held over a four day period. The kick-off event is a dinner held on the Maple Woods campus featuring a private showcase from the four featured tellers. Over the next several days storytelling sessions are held city wide at multiple sites including schools, libraries, detention centers, and senior homes. The program benefits from the expertise and diverse community reach of the Steering Committee composed of members including storytellers, community volunteers, representatives from sponsoring organizations and MCC staff.