Arapahoe Library District Storytelling Festival: Cindy Mares

Arapahoe Library District
12855 E. Adamen Aircraft Circles
Englewood CO 80112
Work Phone: 303-542-7279

The library sponsors various storytelling programs throughout the year. No festival in 2009, decision pending for 2010 storytelling festival.

Boulder Library Storytelling Program: Carole Heepke

Phone: 303-441-3196

On the second Sunday of every month the Boulder Library sponsors a free storytelling performance at 2 pm in the Canyon Theater, followed by a story sharing circle. For nine consecutive years the Boulder Library has sponsored an annual storytelling festival as either a one day event or several events over the season.
In 2009 the festival was held on April 11th, following the University of Colorado’s World Affairs Conference in Boulder. Check the library’s web site for the 2010 event dates.

Boulder Story Lovers and Tellers

Venue varies, but always in Boulder.

Suzanne Whitby is a local storyteller in Boulder and she organizes a number of storytelling events and get-togethers throughout the year.  She runs a monthly “story circle” called Boulder Story Night via a free event organizing tool called meet up.  Join free here – – and RSVP.  Story Nights are typically on Thursdays, from 6:30pm onwards, and tellers, listeners and lovers range from early teens to early 70s!

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC): Crystal O’Brian

772 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204
Phone: 303-571-0440

The Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC) is a consortium of artists, cultural workers, individuals and organizations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Chicano/Latino culture through the expression of the arts. Chicano Humanities & Arts Council was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for 2002. They are celebrating 30+ years of service to the community!

Colorado Center for the Book: Josephine Jones

1490 Lafayette Street Suite 101
Denver CO 80218
Work Phone: 303-894-7951
Fax: 303-864-9361

CCFTB is devoted to encouraging reading and literacy in Colorado. They achieve this through educational programs and activities that nurture a love of books and reading. CCFTB is one of 50 state centers around the country, affiliated with the Library of Congress Center for the Book. They work to enhance Colorado’s dynamic
book community and bring together writers, readers, publishers, booksellers, librarians and learners. They carry out an extensive program of community activities through community and volunteers support.

Colorado Cultural Connection: Renee Fajardo

8258 Balsam Way
Arvada CO 80005
Phone: 720-329-0869

Colorado Cultural Connection promotes and preserves multi-cultural traditional art forms in Colorado through visual arts, storytelling, music, dance and theater. Programs and workshops are custom designed to meet any organizational need. CCC is in contact with over 150 artists and performers for any project.

Colorado Folk Arts Council: Roseanne Gehauf

2890 Newland Street
Denver CO 80214
Work Phone: 303-232-5542

Stories are told through the medium of dance and music from 40+ dance and music ensembles representing worldwide ethnic cultures. These dance and music groups provide audiences with a glimpse of the performers’ culture.

National Storyelling Network

c/o Woodneath Library
8900 NE Flintlock Rd
Kansas City, MO 64157

NSN serves individuals and organizations that use the power of storytelling in all its forms. The Annual Oracle Awards honor excellence in the art. The national conference offers opportunities for training, networking and performance. NSN members receive Storytelling Magazine, have access to NSN grants and to individual
fiscal sponsorship through the Sponsored Member Program. Members network with like-minded colleagues through Special Interest Groups. Through the teller directory, producers and employers can locate performers and artist educators in every region.

Northern Colorado Storytellers: Cooper Braun

Phone: 9303-506-0540

Northern Colorado Storytellers promote the art, craft and history of storytelling in our community, to provide a forum for sharing stories, storytelling techniques and encourage sharing stories about various social and cultural groups. The location alternates between the Loveland and Longmont Public Libraries.  Please email or call for the current schedule.

Rocky Mountain Storytellers’ Guild

Kate Lutz
Phone: 303-941-1749
Linda Batlin
Phone: 303-494-6407

The Guild promotes the art of storytelling in the community and beyond through monthly story sharing circles for beginners to professionals. Circles are held in Boulder and Denver:

Boulder – Hosted by Linda Batlin, Boulder Public Library, 1000 Canyon Street, every month on the second Sunday at 3:30 pm following a 2 pm solo storytelling performance in the auditorium.
Denver – Co-hosted by Lev Ropes and Kate Lutz, Swallow Hill, 71 East Yale Avenue, every month on the third Monday from 6:30-8:30 pm in the downstairs Café.

Spirituals Project: Carolyn Ash

University of Denver, Strum Hall Room 403
2000 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-7993
Fax: 303-871-4262
Hours: Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or by appointment

The Spirituals Project is a broad-based initiative to explore the many varied dimensions of African American spirituals as art form, tradition and tool; and to invite all people to experience the joy and power of this dynamic music and gift from African Americans to the world. Spirituals uplift in times of crisis, heal, comfort, inspire and instill hopes and dreams, thereby transforming individuals, communities and whole societies. Our goal is to ensure that the spirituals will be passed on for many generations to come

Westminster Historical Society: Linda Cherrington

PO Box 492
Westminster CO 80036
Phone: 303-426-1858

Bowles House Museum
3924 West 72nd Avenue
Westminster, CO 80030

The Westminster Historical Society brings together people interested in history. The Society’s major function is to discover, collect and disseminate the life, conditions and events of the Westminster area. They bring history into local schools. The WHS collaborates with the RMSC for various storytelling events including those at the Victorian House.

White Butterfly Club (Haiku Cho Kai) Reiko Urano:

749 Emerson Circle
Northglenn, CO 80233
Phone: 303-452-2815

This unique group of performers, in full native dress, presents a Japanese cultural experience that can feature folk dancing, singing, stories, and/or koto music. The traditional Japanese tea ceremony, origami, and calligraphy are also offered.