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International Storytelling Center (Jonesborough, TN 37659-1239)
Kiran Sirah (Project Director: May 2016 to present)

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Totals (matching):
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (offered)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 9/30/2021

Leveraging the Power of Storytelling

A full-time project coordinator to focus on education and outreach programs and the engagement of two to three master storytellers for the applicant’s annual National Storytelling Festival, and to support the digitization of educational products, as well as a planning conference each year focusing on engaging economically disadvantaged communities, communities of color, and youth.

As the International Storytelling Center’s National Storytelling Festival nears its 50th anniversary, we seek to engage in an impactful NEH Humanities Access project to commemorate this important milestone and ensure its sustainability. It is our goal to launch a five-year endowment-building project in 2016 which will culminate in an International Year of the Story during the 50th anniversary of the National Storytelling Festival. The project will celebrate the festival’s rich history, by broadly publicizing the festival’s important accomplishments over five decades, and ensure its bright future, by expanding our outreach efforts and focus on serving youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations, while encouraging investment in the festival and our outreach efforts’ sustainability through a term-endowment campaign.