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15th Annual Storytelling Festival Art of the Story at Washington County Libraries April 27 – May 4, 2019

Washington County, Oregon: The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) hosts the15th Annual Art of the Story Festival April 27 – May 4, showcasing 14 free public events throughout the county

This year the Festival offers a variety of storytelling formats for audience enjoyment:

  • Four professional tellers will each present several unique 1-hour performances: Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr., (Detroit, Michigan), Jasmin Cardenas (Chicago, Illinois), Lawrence Howard (Portland, OR), and Kelly Hoffman (Portland, OR).
  • The 5th Annual Adult Story Slam features five contestants from the Portland metro area: Janet Liu, Patrick Gannon, Sankar Raman, Norina Beck and Mike Devenney.
  • New to the line-up this year is the Older & Wiser Showcase (a partnership between WCCLS, Washington County Disability, Aging & Veterans Services and the Elsie Stuhr Senior Center) featuring five local tellers: Cynthia Butts, John Wylder, Janis Collins, Chuck McConnell, and Frances Hunter.

All festival performances are designed for the enjoyment of adults. Several shows, where noted, also welcome children ages 6 or 12 and up. Festival venues include WCCLS member libraries, schools, cultural, senior and recreational sites.

Saturday, April 27 the festival kicks-off with the 5th annual Adult Story Slam Contest hosted by the Beaverton City Library. Audience members will be invited to cast their vote to determine which slam contestant will be invited back to share the stage at the May 4 Festival Finale showcase of storytellers.

The festival also features the 2nd annual Student Story Slam Contest in partnership with the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) in Beaverton. Three student contestants will present their stories in front of an ACMA school-wide assembly (not open to the public). The winner of the Student Slam receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story at the Festival Finale on May 4.

The Finale Showcase, the evening of Saturday, May 4, will be held at the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) auditorium and is hosted by WCCLS. The showcase features performances by all four professional tellers, plus the student and adult Story Slam winners. We invite you to enjoy complimentary beverages and desserts at this show in partnership with Reedville Catering in the ACMA lobby.
The Festival is supported in part by grants from WCCLS, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Friends Groups of WCCLS member libraries, Recology, and Portland Storytellers’ Guild. Generous in-kind services are provided by Pamplin Media Group, Courtyard by Marriott, Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Sherwood Center for the Arts, Reedville Catering, Washington County Disability, Aging & Veteran Services, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, and the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy.

Directions to the performance venues and additional festival details are available on the festival webpage ( or pick up a festival newsletter at a local WCCLS member library.

2019 Storytelling Festival Events

All 14 unique performance descriptions are available on the festival web page  

Call 503-846-3222 no less than 3 business days prior to a festival event to schedule assistive listening devices or sign language interpreters.


The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) includes: Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany, Cornelius Public Library, Forest Grove City Library, Garden Home Community Library, Hillsboro Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, and West Slope Community Library. Two specialty libraries are also a part of the Cooperatives library card service — the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Tuality Health Education Resource Center.