Institute of Texan Cultures offers storytelling workshop
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SAN ANTONIO – Storytelling is humanity’s oldest form of entertainment and one of the most challenging to master. To help sharpen the skills of local storytellers, the Institute of Texan Cultures, in cooperation with the San Antonio Storytellers Association and Tejas Storytelling Association, will host two storytelling workshops on Aug. 7.

“Stories capture our imaginations and take us on great adventures,” said Olga Paolucci, ITC educational specialist and program manager for the workshop. “But stories are more than just entertainment. They teach us lessons and pass on our traditions, wisdom and values.”

A morning session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. will feature Elizabeth Ellis, who won the “Listener’s Choice” at the 30th Anniversary National Storytelling Festival at Jonesborough, Tenn. Ellis recounts tales of Appalachia, Texas and heroic American women, along with a variety of personal tales. Ellis’ workshop is geared toward adults aged 18 and up.

Workshop participants can hear a storytelling concert at 1 p.m. Storytellers from around the city and state will perform for all museum guests, relating tales of lore, legends and heroes.

“We hear morality tales of ghost scaring us into good behavior,” said Paolucci. “We hear folktales about traditions, observances and holidays. We hear about everyday people who faced extraordinary circumstances and overcame them with courage, determination and skill.”

In the afternoon, youths ages 8 to 17 will gather with MaryAnn Blue, who has coached national award-winning students from St. Mary’s Hall. MaryAnn has been featured at the Texas Storytelling Festival and George West storytelling festival, as well as on the PBS television program “Barney and Friends.”

“The storytellers workshops are excellent opportunities to appreciate history, culture and the human condition,” said Paolucci. “Storytelling is a central part of our daily lives and the workshop will help develop this important skill.”

Registration deadline is July 30. Each workshop is limited to 50 participants. Registration is $12 for adult museum members, $15 for non-members; $8 for children of members, $10 for non-members. Registration includes admission to the exhibit floor. A registration form can be downloaded at and faxed back to 210-458-2366 or mailed to: Institute of Texan Cultures, Attn: Storytelling Workshop Registration, 801 E. Durango Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205.

This workshop is presented with support from the Doc Moore Educational Outreach Fund of the Tejas Storytelling Association.
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