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2020 Art of the Story: 16th Annual Storytelling Festival

16th Annual Art of the Story Festival logo with images of tellersWashington 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 three professional storytellers: Diane Ferlatte accompanied by musician Erik Pearson (Oakland, CA), Steven Henegar (Salem, OR), and Paul Iarrobino (Portland, OR).

The festival offers local residents the opportunity to explore the storytelling craft with three events:

  • An Adult Story Slam featuring the following local tellers: Roland Jarka, Ph.D., Trish Anderson, Duncan Wyndham, Cynthia Butts and Hussein Al-Baiaty.
  • Two Student Story Slam Contests, coordinated with the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) and Beaverton High School.
  • Older and Wiser Showcase, proudly presented by a partnership between Washington County Disability, Aging and Veterans Services and Beaverton City Library. This showcase takes place at the Elsie Stuhr Center, with Carol Gunn, Phyllis Harmon, Mike Devenney and Andrea Stahr 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, Ferlatte accompanied by Pearson, Henegar, and Iarrobino. A reception precedes the Showcase performance offering complimentary beverages and desserts in partnership with Reedville Catering.

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

Pamplin Media Group WCCLS

Walters Cultural Arts Center              Recology        Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
Washington County      Reedville Catering        Arts & Communication Magnet Academy

Saturday, April 18

Beaverton City Library Main: 7 - 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

12375 SW Fifth St, Beaverton, OR 97005

Adult Story Slam Contest (Adults & Ages 12+)
Hussein Al-Baiaty, Trish Anderson, Duncan Wyndham, Cynthia Butts & Roland Jarka, Ph.D.

Tuesday, April 21

Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, Beaverton: 4 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)

Carol Gunn, Phyllis Harmon, Mike Devenney, and Andrea Stahr

Wednesday, April 22

Cornelius Public Library: 6:30 p.m.

1370 N Adair St, Cornelius, OR 97113

Steven Henegar: Likely Stories. (Adult & ages 6+)

Truth and lies from long ago or just last week. Steven celebrates the wonderful stories that friends, families and communities use to share our lives – sense and nonsense in vibrant traditional and original stories.

Saturday, April 25

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

Hosted by North Plains Public Library

30975 NW Hillcrest St, North Plains, OR 97133

Paul Iarrobino: Am I Using My Outside Voice? (Adult program)

My search for meaning, relevance and senior discounts. Ideal for an older audience, but should be appreciated by adults too.

Sunday, April 26

Bethany Library Annex: 2 p.m.

4888 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite K-2, Portland, OR 97229

Steven Henegar: Embarrassment & Death (Adult program)

Growing up was trickier than Ozzie and Harriet led us to believe. Funny, touching, original stories as Steve grows up in the 1950's and 60’s, navigating the everyday ambushes of his life from the first swimming lesson to that surprising class trip.

Tuesday, April 28

Walters Cultural Arts Center: 7 p.m.

527 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Paul Iarrobino: Tales From My Childhood: Nicknames, Odd Jobs and an Escape Plan (Adult & ages 6+)

True stories from my childhood and younger years in Boston. Ideal for audiences young and old, with a sense of humor.

Wednesday, April 29

Aloha Community Library: 6:30 p.m.

17455 SW Farmington Rd, Ste. 26A, Aloha, OR 97078

Steven Henegar: The Everyday & The Fantastic (Adult program)

Whether or not you believe in magic, our everyday constantly transforms into the unexpected. Sure, you knew that playing baseball in the backyard or that long awaited vacation would be just like past games and former trips. Didn’t you?

Saturday, May 2

Banks Public Library: 2 p.m.

527 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Steven Henegar: All in The Family (Adult & ages 6+)

Fairy tale love stories, difficult times, or well-intentioned monsters? Every family has the tales. Family stories wrap around us, creating a shared memory of who we are, where we come from, and help us to guess at where we’re going.

Sunday, May 3

Tualatin Heritage Center: 3 p.m.

Hosted by the Tualatin Public Library

8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, OR 97062

Paul Iarrobino: Family Values, The Gay Agenda and Other Urban Legends (Adult program)

Discovering myself in a confusing and polarized world. Ideal for an audience interested in diversity and equity.

Wednesday, May 6

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

2114 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116-2497

Diane Ferlatte accompanied by musician Erik Pearson: What’s Your Passion (Adult program)

Storytelling has been Diane’s passion for over 30 years, and the older she gets the more sustenance it gives her. In this program Diane shares stories of healing, caring, and the value of finding one’s passion in life.

Thursday, May 7

Tigard Public Library: 6:30 p.m.

13500 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223-8111

Diane Ferlatte accompanied by musician Erik Pearson: Aesop: Alive and Well (Adult & ages 6+)

Aesop must be history’s greatest teller of fables. This program is a story within a story as Diane tells the story of Aesop while at the same time adapting a number of his fables along with music and song.

Friday, May 8

Garden Home Library Annex: 7 p.m.

7306 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223

Diane Ferlatte accompanied by musician Erik Pearson: The Missing Rib (Adult program)

Women are like tea bags, you never know how strong they are until they’re in hot water. It isn’t just about surviving, it’s about civilizing. It’s not about who’s missing a rib, but about who’s supplying the backbone.

Saturday, May 9

Sherwood Public Library: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

22560 SW Pine St, Sherwood, OR 97140-9019

Workshop with Diane Ferlatte (Adults & Ages 12+)

Bringing Stories to Life

This workshop is for anyone interested in exploring ways to add life to your stories. Discover the power of a well-told story through small group exercises, presentations, and examples from Diane’s own stories. We will discuss storytelling techniques and guidelines. How do you effectively pass on your story? Getting in touch with the whole story, verbal and nonverbal, through our senses; movement, gestures, voice, facial expression, emotions, and characterization. You don’t have to be an actor to be a good storyteller. You only need imagination.

Festival Finale Showcase: 5:45 - 9:00 p.m.

Beaverton High School Auditorium:

13000 SW 2nd St, Beaverton, OR 97005

Hosted by WCCLS

Reception: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:45 p.m.)
Complimentary beverages and desserts, in partnership with Reedville Catering.

Finale Showcase: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. (Adults & Ages 12+)

Student Story Slam Contest winners: [TBA]
Adult Story Slam Contest winner: [TBA]
Paul Iarrobino: #churchladyintraining
From potlucks to community outings, my wayward path to becoming a modern day, gender-neutral church lady.
Steven Henegar: Demons!
And you thought it was just an ear infection.
Diane Ferlatte accompanied by musician Erik Pearson: Penny for Your Thoughts
Diane tells very personal stories of breaking down walls and building bridges. Two of Diane’s favorite sayings define this program: Talking with one another is loving one another. A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.