Art of the Story: 10th Annual Storytelling Festival

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This year, WCCLS hosts the Art of the Story - our 10th Annual Storytelling Festival, from April 5 through April 12th.

This week-long festival features five professional storytellers presenting four exclusively adult-focused performances, which are noted in the schedule below, as well as shows for audiences from adults to age 6.

The festival also features two storytelling workshops and a community story swap. The week wraps up with a Finale Concert, featuring all of the festival's storytellers in one great event on April 12th. A reception precedes the Finale with a no-host-bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

See the schedule of events

Performers in this year's festival include both local and national storytellers - Habiba Addo, Will Hornyak, Alton Takiyama-Chung, Olga Loya, and Bil Lepp.

All events are free. Please call 503-846-3222 no less than 3 business days prior to an event to schedule assistive listening devices or sign language interpreters.

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Festival Schedule

Unless otherwise noted:

  • Programs are 1 hour long
  • Programs are designed for adults and children ages 6 and up

Jump to events on:
Saturday, April 5 · Sunday April 6 · Monday, April 7 · Tuesday, April 8 · Wednesday, April 9 ·
Thursday, April 10 · Friday, April 11 · Saturday, April 12

Saturday, April 5

Beaverton Library: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Tales from the Monarchy: Alton Takiyama-Chung
Stories from the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The Myth of Skeleton Woman & Other Tales from the Edge: Will Hornyak
Myths are the world's oldest stories. Like ancient ancestors they still speak to us today, offering knowledge, humor, strategies and wisdom for finding our way in the world.

Tualatin Library: 4 p.m.

So, That's Why! Habiba Addo
Pourquoi tales from Africa explaining in fantastical ways how and why particular animals look and act a certain way.

Sunday, April 6

Washington County Museum: 1 – 4 p.m.
at Hillsboro Civic Center, 2nd Floor above Starbucks (120 E Main Street, Hillsboro 97123)

Designed for adults & ages 10+

1 p.m. Curating your Story & the Museum As Storyteller: Beth Dehn
The Museum houses an extensive collection of oral histories, archives and library featuring photos, documents, and artifacts. Join the Education Curator to learn about collecting your family oral histories. Participants will also learn about how museums curate collections.

2:15 p.m. Erin's Cauldron: A Rich Brew of Irish Myths & Legends: Will Hornyak
From the bold Queen Maeve and the wild Hag of Beara to the Warrior Poet Finn Mac Cool, a weaving of legends, songs, tales and lore from the Emerald Isle.

3 p.m. The Art & Craft of the Tale Workshop: Will Hornyak
A storyteller's toolbox of ideas, techniques and exercises for bringing original and traditional stories to life. Whether working on a personal story or a traditional myth or folktale, this workshop will help participants in creating strong beginnings and endings and developing vivid plots and characters.

Monday, April 7

West Slope Library: 6:30 p.m.
at Raleigh Park Elementary School (3670 SW 78th Ave, Portland 97225)

The World of Tricksters: Habiba Addo
Tricksters from Africa entertain and teach life lessons through their follies and humor.

Tuesday, April 8

Walters Cultural Arts Center – Hillsboro: 7 p.m.
at 527 East Main Street, Hillsboro 97123

Caribbean Waters to the African Savannah: Habiba Addo (Adult focused)
Two tales of bravery and courage as two characters face adversities and triumph.

Wednesday, April 9

Washington County Museum Open House: Noon – 4 p.m.
PCC Rock Creek Campus (17677 NW Springville Road, Portland 97229)

The Museum houses the county archives, artifacts, and an extensive library of documents and reference materials on the PCC Rock Creek Campus. Join the Museum curatorial and archives staff for an open house to familiarize yourself with the resources available as you explore your family history. Advance reservations are encouraged, please RSVP to 503-645-5353 ext. 300 and visit the Museum website) for directions and details.

Washington County Museum: 2 p.m.
PCC Rock Creek Campus (17677 NW Springville Road, Portland 97229)

2 p.m. – Curator Resources Overview: Karen Lange
The Museum Curator will present an overview of using the library resources. Advance reservations are encouraged, please RSVP to 503-645-5353 ext. 300.

Forest Grove Library: 6:30 p.m.

Passport to African Countries: Habiba Addo (Adult focused)
Travel to several African countries through heartwarming and cautionary tales

Garden Home Library: 7 p.m.

Mayhem & Other Tall Tales: Bil Lepp (Adult focused)
Tales from the West Virginia Liars Contest and Beyond

North Plains Library: 7 p.m.
at Jessie Mays Hall (30975 NW Hillcrest Street, North Plains 97133)

Let's Work Together - Olga Loya
The power of community, people working together and peace stories are just some of the themes of this show. Listen to folk tales, myths, legends and personal stories from around the world with an emphasis on Latin American stories.

Thursday, April 10

Banks Library: 7 p.m.

Tales from the Plantations: Alton Takiyama-Chung
Stories from Hawaii's Plantation Days

Tualatin Library: 6:30 p.m.

Singing & Dancing Through Stories: Olga Loya (in Spanish)
Celebrate through dancing and singing as you hear folk tales, personal stories and myths. The culture of Latin America is passed on through personal stories about family and life, stories about community, stories about taking responsibility, stories about building character.

Friday, April 11

Cedar Mill Library: 7 p.m.

Bright Ideas Gone Bad: Bil Lepp
It seemed like a good idea at the time, and then...

Saturday, April 12

Sherwood Library: 10:30 a.m.

Fire, Fire Pants on Liar: Bil Lepp
Award winning, hilarious tales

Storytelling Workshop (For adults & ages 10+)

Beaverton Library: 1 – 3 p.m.

Workshop: The Lego Method of Storytelling: Presented by Bil Lepp
Learn how to drop/add content of a story without affecting the impact or message. Understand how to locate markers, characters, themes, on-ramps, jumping-off points in your material to couple, triple even quadruple your various stories and ideas into an interlocking pattern. Just as with Legos - end up with a solid structure that is built with pieces of different shapes, sizes and colors.

Story Swap with Portland Storytellers' Guild

Beaverton Library, 3 – 4 p.m.
An opportunity for members of the public to tell a 5 minute story. Designed for both beginners to seasoned tellers interested in testing out new material. Meet and mingle with members of the local storytellers' guild.

Storytelling Reception & Finale Concert featuring: (Adult focused)

Hillsboro Library - Main: 6:30 – 9:30

A reception preceeds the Finale with a no-host-bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Limited childcare for children ages 2-8 is available for this event; please contact the Hillsboro Library for details.

The Cow Tail Switch: Habiba Addo
A great hunter does not return home after several months. His sons set off to investigate. What will they find?

Little Red Riding Hood: The REAL Story!: Will Hornyak
The never before told story of what really happened in those dark woods so long, long ago. You'll be shocked, you'll be amazed!!!

Tales from a Misspent Adulthood: Alton Takiyama-Chung
What was I thinking?

Stories Of The Heart: Olga Loya
Folklore and personal stories as a healing mirror that give courage and insight to us all

Pulling Out All The Stops: Bil Lepp
It's gonna be funny