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Story Crossroads is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that gathers and unifies people across generations and cultures to celebrate story and promote creative communities that thrive through strengthened communication, preservation, and empathy. As humans, we are already hard-wired for stories and thus we encourage people to learn quality storytelling techniques so as to appreciate an art often overlooked for its everyday usage in the home, at school, within the community, and in the workplace. While unifying with our neighbors, we provide cultural, historical, and economic impact on local and global levels.
Many story events of varying sizes are supported by Story Crossroads, though all connect in one way or another to the annual Story Crossroads Festival, which is mid-May Wednesday each year. This is a Utah-based event that features 15 professional multicultural story artists as well as 40 community members. Youth, community, and seniors are taught through storytelling residencies at libraries, schools, and other venues by certified story-teachers in preparation for this celebration. Bilingual and cultural performers combine arts to bring the stories forward for the audience. Stories are told with ancient technique while simultaneously enjoying newfangled approaches to these traditions.
Lynn Wing and Karl Behling share how to find stories and then work with others on critiquing those stories. This is helpful to know for those new to the art or those who are long-time tellers. This film is part of the Story Crossroads "The Teaching Story Series." Find more free resources, teaching tools, as well as festival and other event listings at http://www.storycrossroads.com. Thanks to Sterling Elliott, head of Etched in Stone Productions, in creating this piece.