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University of Missouri Extension

Goal: $57,000

$39,070 (68%) raised Need: $17,930

MU Extension

MU Extension's St. Louis Storytelling Festival

The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, now in its 37th year, renews and celebrates an ancient art. Storytelling is an evolving, dynamic art form that allows families and communities to pass on their history and experiences to succeeding generations. This University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program event is a four-day extravaganza featuring storytellers from across the nation and around the region. Storytellers perform at different venues across St. Louis, with educational outreach activities in schools and libraries; specialized workshops for educators, families, community members and aspiring tellers; and dynamic, entertaining public telling sessions at some of St. Louis’ most well-known sites and attractions. Festival events are suitable for all ages, and most are offered FREE to the public.

Your gift will ensure this festival continues to grow. More than 13,000 people attended last year’s events, and the goal is to increase the scope of the festival in 2017. Funds will be used to bring in additional acclaimed storytellers and increase the number of venues hosting activities. Your support will ensure that the costs to attendees remains free or minimal so that people in the community can continue to learn and be entertained through this special opportunity.