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2019 Art of the Story: 15th Annual Storytelling Festival

April 27-May 4, 2019. Life, legends, history and folktales come alive through the magic of storytelling.Washington County Cooperative Library Services is pleased to host the Art of the Story Festival featuring 14 unique storytelling performances throughout Washington County. See the schedule of events.

This year the festival features four professional storytellers: Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr. (Detroit, MI), Jasmin Cardenas (Chicago, IL), Lawrence Howard of Portland Story Theater (Portland, OR), and Kelly Hoffman (Portland, OR). The festival offers local residents the opportunity to explore the storytelling craft with three events. Five local tellers are Adult Story Slam contestants: Norina Beck, Mike Devenney, Patrick Gannon, Janet Liu, and Sankar Raman. A Student Story Slam Contest will be coordinated with the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA).  Washington County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services and Beaverton City Library are proud to partner and present Older and Wiser Storytellers sharing their unique stories and the experience of aging in our community.

All festival performances are designed for the enjoyment of adults. Several shows, where noted, will also welcome children ages 6 or 12 and up. Admission is always free.

The Finale Showcase features performances by the Student and Adult Story Slam winners, Jones, Cardenas, Howard, and Hoffman. A reception precedes the showcase performance offering complimentary beverages and desserts.

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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Walters Cultural Arts Center              Recology        Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District     Sherwood Center for the Arts
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Saturday, April 27

Beaverton City Library: 7 - 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

12375 SW Fifth St, Beaverton, OR 97005

Adult Story Slam Contest (Adult program)
Janet Liu, Patrick Gannon, Sankar Raman, Norina Beck, Mike Devenney

Sunday, April 28

Tualatin Public Library: 2 - 3 p.m.

18878 SW Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin, OR 97062

Kelly Hoffman: Amazon Barbie Ships Out! (Adult program)

True stories of a tomboy turned sailor and the adventures in between.

Tuesday, April 30

Elsie Stuhr Center - Beaverton: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

5550 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005

Co-Hosted by Washington County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services, Beaverton City Library, and Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Elsie Stuhr Center

Older & Wiser Story Showcase (Adult program)

Cynthia Butts, John Wylder, Janies Collins, Chuck McConnell, and Frances Hunter


Forest Grove City Library: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

2114 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116

Kelly Hoffman: Turning Points. (Adult program)

Stories that turn for love, for better, for worse, for everything that keeps us all turning.


Walter's Cultural Art Center - Hillsboro: 7 - 8 p.m.

527 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Lawrence Howard of Portland Story Theater: The Adventures of Huckleberry Howard (Adult program)

Inter-connected coming-of-age tales about bullies and brothers and breaking away. This program includes four of Lawrence's most popular stories: In The Belly of the Beast, Drink Your Chocolate Milk, Night Blues, and Into The West, with a little harmonica music and a bit of narrative poetry mixed in for good measure.

Wednesday, May 1

Aloha Community Library: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

17455 SW Farmington Rd, Aloha, OR 97078

Kelly Hoffman: Parenting isn't permanent. (Adult program)

Raising the bar, two boys, and myself along the way.


Sherwood Center for the Arts: 7 - 8 p. m.

22689 SW Pine St, Sherwood, OR 97140

Hosted by Sherwood Public Library

Jasmin Cardenas: Growing Up Between Worlds & Grappling with Justice. (Adult program - Bilingual English/Spanish)

A 1st Generation American tries to figure it out. A program for mature young people or adults. Stories about living in the in-between, identity, and considering the other perspective. Pursuing social justice is not always easy. Personal stories of grappling with and fighting for social justice.

Thursday, May 2

Banks Public Library: 7 - 8 p.m.

42461 NW Market St, Banks, OR 97106

Jasmin Cardenas: Niña Buena? Good Girl? (Adult program)

How do you live up to your Latin family’s old-fashioned expectations when you are made in America? Being a good little girl isn’t so simple! Cultural struggles like deciding between open toed fiery red heels and comfortable Birkenstocks was the constant drama growing up. Jasmin’s one woman show explores the joys and challenges of being Latina y Americana…the stereotypes…the pivotal moments of change…niña o mujer?…the expectations…the pain…and the beautiful confusion of it all.


Tigard Public Library: 7 - 8 p.m.

13500 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223

Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.: I Came From Detroit (Adults & Ages 6+)

Detroit stories of survival and resilience.

Friday, May 3

Christ United Methodist Church: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

12755 NW Dogwood St, Portland, OR 97229

Hosted by Cedar Mill Library

Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.: Alabama Stories, Tales From The Motherland (Adult program)

My family's stories from the deep South.


Garden Home Library ANNEX: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

7306 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223

Co-hosted by Garden Home and West Slope Libraries

Kelly Hoffman: The Comeback Kid! (Adult program)

How I learned how to always have the perfect comeback and other nerve-wracking adventures.


Cornelius Library: 7 - 8 p.m.

1370 N. Adair St, Cornelius, OR 97113

Jasmin Cardenas: Cuentos From The Americas. (Adults & Ages 6+ - Bilingual English/Spanish)

A bilingual journey of stories from North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean Islands. A mix of ancient legends, myths, folktales, and a personal story of being bi-cultural. Using, song, music, and dance, listeners will be on their feet by the end learning how to Latin dance!!!

Saturday, May 4

Jessie Mays Community Center, North Plains: 1 - 2 p.m.

30975 NW Hillcrest St, North Plains, OR 97133

Hosted by North Plains Library

Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.: The History of Our Music (Adults & Ages 6+)

A fun journey through American History through the vehicle of Folk and Blues. (Adults & Ages 6+)


Festival Finale - Showcase Concert: 6:15 - 9:30 p.m.

Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) Auditorium - Beaverton

11375 SW Center St, Beaverton, OR 97005

Hosted by WCCLS

Reception: 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Complimentary beverages and desserts.

Showcase Concert: 7 - 9:30 p.m.
(Adults & Ages 12+)

Student Story Slam Contest winner: [to be named]
Adult Story Slam Contest winner: [to be named]
Kelly Hoffman: Bring me to my knees, raise me up, give me hope!
How to rise and shine when you were taught to cringe and cower.
Lawrence Howard of Portland Story Theater: Night on the Island
A story about spending the night under a canoe in a fearsome lightening storm in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.
Jasmin Cardenas: Teenagers making an impact in a world full of injustice.
Jasmin looks back at the roots of her involvement in social justice issues when she joined the cause to free a young man from prison and stories of working with inner city youth and being the biggest stumbling block in the room.
Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.: I Can't Play Like BB King