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Five Boro Story Project

Celebrating 50 Years of Integration in Queens

Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Building, Queens, New York
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Come to the Queens Museum for the culminating celebration of Queens Memory‘s 50 Years of Integration series!

Find your community on our giant puzzle map of Queens, have a free portrait taken with your neighborhood puzzle piece, and write your reflections on your home stretch of Queens.

This event is Queens Memory’s culminating celebration of their NEH–funded 50 Years of Integration series. Archival photos relating to the history of diversity in Queens will be on display. Bridget Bartolini (Five Boro Story Project), Annabel Short (the 30th Avenue: A Year in the Life of a Street blog), and Fernanda Espinosa and Ali Toxtli (People’s Collective Arts) will lead hands-on activities exploring the themes of migration and

Admission: Free

50 Years of Integration
was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Almost Home | Casi llegando a casa

Almost Home: A Story Circle
Casi llegando a casa: Un círculo de historias

Almost Home / Casi llegando a casa is a new storytelling, oral history, art, and video series presenting monthly story–sharing workshops from April through July 2017 in different locations throughout Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona, with a culminating celebration to follow in August 2017.

Almost Home / Casi llegando a casa aims to strengthen community connections in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona, Queens, through public storytelling programs, participatory art installations, and video that explore themes of home, vulnerability, resilience, and resistance. This project explores the meaning of ‘home’ through telling the powerful stories of the challenges our communities face, and the struggles and inspiring victories that local organizers have won for housing justice and immigrants’ human rights.

These are the dates (with details) confirmed thus far with more to follow:

Manhattan Cocktail Lounge (formerly Tempo Libero) 88-08 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, New York
(MTA subway: No. 7 train to the 90th Street – Elmhurst Avenue station)
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a story circle to share experiences, listen to each other, and discuss the challenges of staying in our rapidly changing neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, Corona, and Elmhurst, Queens. This workshop is open to all, with yummy refreshments from El Toro Bravo.
English–Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Park of the Americas
41–98 104th Street

(at the corner of 104th Street & 42nd Avenue), Corona, New York
Sunday, April 30th, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Almost Home / Casi llegando a casa joins local community and grassroots groups to offer a story–sharing workshop, along with interactive presentations and family activities at Queens de Defiende / Defend Queens. Know your rights, make art with your family, and learn more about the general strike happening May 1st. More details to follow.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park (near the lake), Queens, New York
Saturday, June 17th, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, June 18th, 2017, same time as above)
Come enjoy a day in the park, meet neighbors, swap stories, and make your voice part of a collaborative City of Stories installation.

Almost Home / Casi llegando a casa was developed by Five Boro Story Project’s Bridget Bartolini, Priscilla Stadler, and Milton X. Trujillo, in collaboration with Queens Neighborhoods United, a grassroots organization focusing on three social justice issues crucial for our local community: immigration, gentrification, and policing.

This project is generously supported by More Art.

Hearts Across Queens Community Voices Mini–Festival

Socrates Sculpture Park
32&ndash01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, New York
Saturday, May 6th, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Come share your story and learn about your neighbors at the Community Voices Mini–Festival! Story circles for all ages will be led by Growing Up Green Charter School and Five Boro Story Project, and Global Kids will perform Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements, the latest in an ongoing series of theater works examining issues of culture and identity. Attendees are also invited to create art projects featuring messages of love, unity, and solidarity that will be displayed around Astoria.

This is a partnership with Hearts Across Queens, Global Kids, Growing Up Green Charter School, and Five Boro Story Project.

LIC & Astoria Love Letter

Socrates Sculpture Park
32&ndash01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, New York
Saturday, June 24th, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Do you love your neighborhood? Join us for LIC & Astoria Love Letter, an afternoon of storytelling and music in beautiful Socrates Sculpture Park. Meet neighbors, hear true stories about life in the neighborhood from long–time residents, enjoy performances of poetry and music inspired by Astoria and Long Island City, and share your own stories and more in our open mic! Write a love note to your neighborhood, and leave your mark on the park with participatory art–making activities reflecting the local landscape.

Admission to all of the above events: Free

Laura Simms
The Cow That Feeds the World
A Mini Storytelling Residency

(Private location in New York City)
Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, April 28–30 2017, time TBA

How does a storyteller become the voice of compassion and change in difficult times? This mini–residency will feature a group harvesting of a single tale, building strong skills to provide a profound experience for listeners.

Registration: $250.00 (with a $50.00 discount for returning students)
N.B.: This residency is limited to 14 participants.
Reservations: 1.212.674.3479

Battery Park City Parks
Perry Ground
Earth Day Stories for All Ages

6 River Terrace, Battery Park City, New York
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate Earth Day in Battery Park City! Perry Ground — a traditional storyteller from the Onondaga, Turtle Clan — will be telling a program of Stories of the Earth: Native American stories that connect us to the world we live in.

Admission: Registration required


BadyHouse Storytelling Concert # 35
w/James Braly, Tracy Rowland,
Margaret Burk and Elaheh Farmand

85 Chester Avenue, Brooklyn (Kensington), New York
(MTA subway: F train to Church Avenue)
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.

Welcome to our home!

The BHSC is located in our row house in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Kensington. You are invited to watch four fabulous storytellers in the comfort of our living room.

What can you expect?

Sitting on chairs, couches, eating cookies and drinking tea and coffee. Making new friends. Hearing great stories by great performers. If you want wine or beer, it's BYOB.

It is an intimate setting, and the stories and storytellers are right there for you and with you. See why so many people say we are Brooklyn's best kept secret.

Plus: We have two house cats — Willie and Nonnie — who love to listen to the stories and love your attention. If you are allergic, take precautions or ask for some allergy medications.

Look for the row house with the big “85” on the door.

Admission: $15.00 + suggested tip (includes homemade cookies, coffee and tea)
Contact: or 1.718.633.6651

Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers
at Scandinavia House

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Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue, New York City
(four blocks south of Grand Central Station)
Select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Some of New York's most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North.

Saturday, May 13th, 2017:
Butterball, Trolls and Tomte 
Join Ron Sopyla and Luann Adams as they share a spirited collection of Scandinavian stories. Meet a boy who loves butter, a tiny tomte, two–toothed trolls, and a witch who carries her head in her armpit!

Admission: Free (and suitable for children five and up)
Contact: 1.212.879.9779 or

Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Provincetown Playhouse
133 MacDougal Street, New York City
(between West 3rd Street & Washington Square)
Closest MTA subway trains:
A,B,C,D,E,F,M (West 4th Street); #1 (Sheridan Square); #6 (Astor Place); and N,R (8th Street).
Select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Sunday, April 30th, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.:
Joseph Sobol
Jack and the Least Gal:
A Fantasia of Appalachian Folk Tales

Journey into the phantasmagorical world of Jack, the Appalachian wonder tale hero, and his female counterpart, the Youngest Daughter, or ‘Lost Gal,’ in Joseph Sobol’s virtuoso contemporary retelling of the Hero’s or Heroine’s Journey. Weaving traditional and original songs with stories and his distinctive finger style cittern playing, Joseph Sobol will tease the ancient tales to bring out the overtones of power and helplessness, sexuality and violence, and witchcraft and wisdom in a performance that will be at times humorous, sinister, and revelatory. This performance is suitable for adults and youth 12 years and older.

David Montgomery, Program Director, Program in Educational Theatre (NYU Steinhardt)
Regina Ress, Producer

Admission: Free (seating is limited, and the box office opens one hour before each performance).
Contact: 1.212.998.5867

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.

Folks Tellin’ Tales

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center
1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street, New York City)
Select Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017:
(to be announced)

Admission: $10.00

Contact: Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1.212.568.1645
or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center at 1.212.862.3680


Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

John Strasberg Studios
555 Eighth Avenue, New York City

(between 37th and 38th Streets)

Please watch this space for the next Out by Ten event to be announced.


Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen

Central Park (Conservatory Water)
72nd Street & Fifth Avenue entrance, New York City
Saturdays from June through September, from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Please watch this space for the Summer 2017 line–up to be announced.

Visit the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center website and make a donation with PayPal to support the Center’s activities

This series is sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc., and is produced with the participation of the Central Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.