Art of the Story comes to OCAC on Saturday!


This year, Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) hosts its 11th Annual Storytelling Festival — Art of the Story April 11-18. The week-long storytelling extravaganza features sixteen storytelling performances throughout Washington County.

Performers in this year’s festival include both local and national storytellers – Judith Black, Sam Payne, Kuniko Yamamoto, Chetter Galloway, and performers from Portland’s Brody Theater company.

Admission is always free and all festival performances are designed for the enjoyment of adults.

See the schedule of events

Please call 503-846-3222 no less than 3 business days prior to an event to schedule assistive listening devices or sign language interpreters.

Saturday, April 18

The Techniques of Telling: Judith Black
(For adults & ages 10+)
The wonderful thing about storytelling is that it is a folk art rather than a fine art. Far from having to balance on your toes or hit high C, all one has to do is figure out how they tell best. During this workshop we will play with and stretch all of your potential assets for making a story you love come alive for listeners. From dramatic use of your voice, an expressive body, an imagination that creates images in thin air, to dancing fingers, participants will play with techniques. Ultimately, you will emerge with a broader palette of expressive tools to choose from in your storytelling.

Story Swap with Portland Storytellers’ Guild
(Adults & children ages 10+)
An opportunity for members of the public to tell a 5-minute story. Designed for both beginners to seasoned tellers interested in testing out new material. Meet and mingle with members of the local storytellers’ guild.

Oregon College of Art & Craft
Centrum Studio (see campus map – PDF): 8245 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225


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