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Piccolo Events Celebrate Art of Storytelling

The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) , May 25, 2007


Arguably the oldest art form, storytelling has been a prime mover of human cultures: a means of fashioning histories, establishing identity and making something understandable of the world.

The first installment of a planned annual event, the Stories for Life Festival, will practice what it celebrates. On Saturday, it kicks off the Children's Day Festival for Piccolo Spoleto with two highly varied programs. Featuring gifted storytellers, poets and authors, Tell Me A Story! will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at four venues: the Main Stage tent and Children's Tent on Marion Square, as well as at the Charleston Museum auditorium and the St. Matthews Lutheran Church auditorium.

Founded three years ago by Mike Ethridge, Stories for Life is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to teaching children the art of storytelling.

"Stories for Life goes into schools using a curriculum based on South Carolina language arts standards as a way to improve oral and written communications skills," says storyteller and festival director Hawk Hurst. "So there is a storytelling and a writing aspect to it. It's a fun way for kids to learn to read and write and get excited about it, complementing what teachers already are trying to accomplish. The festival is a way of getting the word out about the beauty of this program."

Subjects Covered: education, storytelling festivals

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