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.
Elsie Stuhr Center - Beaverton: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
Aloha Community Library: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Banks Public Library: 7 - 8 p.m.
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.
Christ United Methodist Church: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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!!!
Jessie Mays Community Center, North Plains: 1 - 2 p.m.
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: Grayson Wright
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