Melissa Heckler wins 2016 NSN International
Story Bridge Oracle Award

We are thrilled to report that we have another award winner in our midst: Melissa Heckler is the winner of the National Storytelling Network’s 2016 International Story Bridge Oracle Award. Melissa was nominated for the award (by Carol Birch) for her work with the Ju/'hoansi in Nyae Nyae, Nambia (on the African continent). Because of her commitments in Nambia at the time, Regina Ress accepted the award on Melissa’s behalf during the National Storytelling Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Way to go, Melissa!

Thelma Ruffin Thomas
Honored to be in the Circle of Life

In addition, our own Thelma Ruffin Thomas was named one of the Honorees at the 3rd Annual Circle of Life Celebration at the Union Theological Seminary (St. James Chapel) on Tuesday, June 21st. Thelma is being honored with the Ally Award for her work on behalf of the Kwanzaa Kids Initiative. Congratulations, Thelma!

Mr. Andersen welcomes you this Sumer.
Image ©2010 Philip David Morgan.

Now we are sixty…

The Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers are back in Central Park, and this year marks the 60th Anniversary of great stories told at the Andersen Statue (Conservatory Water, located at the 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue entrance to Central Park). It is New York’s longest lasting family program of genuine oral tales from around the world, and it features a variety of the best traditional tellers, musicians, youth tellers and more.

Sixty years later, it is still free to one and to all. Please come join us for a summer of great stories every Saturday, now continuing until after September 24th. (The monthly series at Scandinavia House will resume in October.)

Come see the schedule now!

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Our Mission

The Storytelling Center is an organization devoted to promoting excellence in storytelling, to increasing public awareness of storytelling as an art form, and to providing opportunities for all people who are interested in storytelling — opportunities to share resources, learn skills, meet storytellers, and explore stories of enduring meaning.

In pursuit of these goals, it engages in a range of activities including but not limited to:

• workshops on the various aspects of the art of storytelling;
• online networking (including our website);
• meetings at which members can tell stories and hear other tellers; and
• special projects such as storytelling festivals, study and research projects, concerts by master storytellers, or any similar project that the Board feels relates to its statement of purpose.

Join Us as a Member!

If you'd like to become a member of the Storytelling Center, or renew your membership, please send a check or money order for $40.00 (US funds only) along with your contact information to:
Storytelling Center
c/o April Armstrong
5550 Fieldston Road, #4F
Bronx, New York 10471

Checks and money orders should be made payable to The Storytelling Center of New York City. Please do not send cash through the mail.
Please make sure to include your contact information so that we can send you a membership card.

Your membership dues will allow us to continue running storytelling performances, swaps, and workshops, and to keep planning the many other kinds of programs we’ve been organizing for the past thirty years.
Beginning this year, anyone who becomes a member of the Storytelling Center of New York City can schedule one coaching session with an experienced storyteller.

Thank you for your support of storytelling in New York!