1. Lyn Ford's class at Augusta
2. CFT: Wellsboro, PA
1. Affrilachian Storytelling: Roots, Replanting and Common Ground with Lyn Ford at Augusta!
Explore the diversity and transcultural traditions of Appalachian storytelling through its age-old heritage of African- American narratives. Discuss and compare stories to narrative concepts from your own families and communities–why and how do we relate to the “ancient” and “traditional” tales, and what importance do they have in contemporary education and life, common sense problem-solving and wisdom-keeping? Trace the story map of the Appalachian Region and its impact on storytelling and story styles in other parts of the country. Experience unique story variants, and discover or rediscover motifs and characters sharing humorous, haunting and heartfelt common ground. Enhance your own spoken-word stylings, too; if you’re working on a tale to tell, we’ll help you nurture its development through the honing of your unique story-sharing tools, the practice and preparation of your presentation skills, and gentle communication and coaching in a joy-filled atmosphere.
A nationally recognized fourth-generation storyteller, author and educator, Lyn Ford shares folktale adaptations, spooky tales, personal and original stories rooted in her family’s multicultural Affrilachian (African-American Appalachian) heritage. Ford’s “Home-Fried Tales” are seasoned with rhythm, rhyme, audience interaction, humor, and heart. Lyn is an Ohio teaching artist in a state-based collaborative initiative of the Kennedy Center for the Arts and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and a Thurber House mentor for young authors. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers Circle of Elders, an award-winning author and a two-time recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “An exceptional artist.” – Jim Arter, Greater Columbus Arts Council.
2. We received this message from Kevin Connelly. If you are interested, please contact Kevin directly. See below:
Name: Kevin Connelly
Email Address: email@example.com
Subject: Storyteller, as part of our upcoming Storyteller series...
Message: The Deane Center for the Performing Arts is located in Wellsboro PA about 1 hour north of Williamsport. We recently had Fred Powerhouse Powers perform as part of our History Comes Alive series. We are shifting to a storyteller focus, taking our adult audience on a journey through history, Appalachia, through stories...
We are a nonprofit arts organization. We are willing to pay a stipend and provide a room and light meal if desired...
Our audience tends to be older, our region is rural, but I find our attendees to be very interested in the history and the art....
I am looking at beginning this series in September, and most performances would be either on a Wednesday evening or Friday evening.
I will wait to hear back and thank you.