Your donation will help Northstar - soon to be Story Arts of Minnesota - promote storytelling and develop and support storytellers all year.
Northstar Storytelling League promotes storytelling and develops and supports storytellers. Northstar has been offering solid storytelling programs to its members and the general public for over a decade. Our website promotes storytelling events in the Twin Cities and beyond. When "storytelling" and "Minnesota" are typed into a search engine, we come up first.
Northstar brings storytelling to you, and brings you to storytelling. Programs we sponsor include PJ Stories, at six years our longest-running monthly program, offering family friendly performances. Folktales Rising and the Children’s Storytelling Guild meet monthly to work on and share stories. Other events members are involved in include StorySlamMN! and StoryCity. These events – as well as opportunities to perform - are listed on our website and in our monthly newsletter.
Northstar is also the fiscal agent for Two Chairs Telling, curated by Loren Niemi, which pairs two spoken word artists ( and the occasional musician) with complementary styles or subject matter for a one-of-a-kind evening. Often this pairing involves a local and a regional or nationally known talent. Many of our workshops are taught by these travelling artists.
This year Northstar’s annual event was a 200 Years of the Brothers Grimm anniversary celebration and fundraiser featuring newly discovered stories translated by Jack Zipes and performed by Maria Asp, Kevin Kling, Leif Jorgensen, and Megan Wells. The event sold out to a wide audience, from twenty-somethings on up.
In 2013 Northstar will change its name to Story Arts of Minnesota, reflecting a broader understanding of our mission to promote the oral tradition of storytelling and encourage dialogue with other narrative arts. We are excited about this change, as well as all the good work this organization can continue to do with your support. For example:
This is where you come in.
Membership fees alone cannot help this organization grow. Grant funding is not always reliable. We are looking to increase support from individual donors like you, as well as to grow our earned income, so that we can continue to offer events and services for many years to come.
Stories have the power to change and inspire not only the audience that hears them, but the artist who creates and is created by them. Northstar – soon to be Story Arts of Minnesota - values creative expression on all levels and provides opportunities for all individuals to grow and develop as artists.
If you value this work as well, and want to see it grow, please support us in 2012!