Eleven Recipients Presented with ORACLE Awards from National Storytelling Network
Since their inception in 1995, the ORACLE Awards have been presented by the National Storytelling Network to those who have excelled in their art, or made significant contributions to storytelling, NSN or its members. This year, National Storytelling Network honors eleven ORACLE Award recipients.
Jeannine Pasini-Beekman, is a recipient of the 2021 Circle of Excellence ORACLE Award. This award is presented to artists who are recognized by their peers to be master storytellers who set the standards for excellence and have demonstrated, over a significant period of time, a commitment and dedication to the art of storytelling.
Juba Addison, Toni Simmons, Cynthia Restivo, and Lisa Overholser, are recipients of the 2021 Regional Service & Leadership Award, which recognizes the creativity, professional integrity, and artistic contributions of tellers who have greatly enriched the storytelling culture of their region.
Heather Forest and Lynn Moroney, are recipients of the 2021 Talking Leaves Literary Award, which is presented to those members of our community who have made outstanding contributions to the literary body of storytelling as authors, editors or collectors.
Donna Washington and Sheila Arnold, are joint recipients of the 2021 Distinguished National Service Award. This award is presented to those individuals, members or groups who contribute their time and energy in an exemplary manner on the national level to forward the work of the National Storytelling Network.
Artem Mushin-Makeedonskiy, is the 2021 recipient of the International StoryBridge Award. This award recognizes the exemplary work, dedication and spirit of those individuals or groups that promote the art of storytelling in their own country or promote the building of bridges between their country and other countries through the use of storytelling and/or storytelling events.
Binnie Tate Wilkin, is the recipient of the 2021 Regional Excellence Award, which recognizes the creativity, professional integrity, and artistic contributions of tellers who have greatly enriched the storytelling culture of their region.
Recipients on the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Awards are nominated by members of NSN and selected by an Awards Committee. Awards will be presented at the Virtual Annual Conference on July 24 with a concert by the recipients on July 25. The National Storytelling Network, headquartered in Kansas City, MO, is a membership organization for anyone interested in the art and practice of storytelling. For further information about the awards and 2021 recipients, visit www.storynet.org.