the living art of storytelling in Massachusetts

Lani Peterson,Kate Carney,Diane Edgecomb,Leeny DelSeamond,Karen Chace,Doug Lipman,Stu Mendleson,Doria Hughes,Carol Burns,Norah Dooley,John Porcino,Merrill Kholhofer,Susan Lenoe,Rona Levanthal,Jo Radner,Mei Lin,Laura Packer,Norah Dooley,Andrea Lovett

Greetings from massmouth!! Thank you to everyone who came to our roundtable discussion, (Twas really fun and productive) "The State of Storytelling in Mass and Greater Boston".
Todays meeting was a success in that we had 19 people come from far and wide and discussed all things storytelling including some of the questions from the survey below.(below) that were asked by some of you.
We had an open meeting /discussion on how to make some of those things happen. We discovered many people wanted and needed a stronger web presence. Also wanted to know how to use technology. Talked about gathering younger and new audiences and where to find them (they are on the web) if we want to be hired we need to have a stronger presence on the web and link everything we do back and forth to attract people to us and create a stronger web presence for us all.
Karen Chace volunteered to re-share her publication "Tales, Technology and Techniques - Ancient Tradition Meets the 21st Century" which I see she has already re-posted(quicker than me girl). Also talked about the boot camp (one on one teaching technology at STF)
We discussed the reasons why is was important to have a stronger web-presence as people are loosing gigs and audiences without it. Karen's article gives a step by step approach on how to create blogs,tweets,etc...

We talked about the importance of posting all our gigs. *(ourselves) and why (rising tide floats all boats) in other words when lots of gigs are posted on our site(MM) and storytelling places in general it reflects that we are a vibrant and busy community of tellers and it attracts attention to us all. Attend each others venues(if we have no interest in them why would someone else).

Talked about the importance of linking to all our sites back and forth as it creates a path for web crawlers to pick up and it functions to give information about all of us.
We (massmouth) talked about publicity shared our media sources and asked if there were others that anyone knew of that could be added.(we have TV,Radio,on-lines, blogs,newspapers,colleges) have a PDF that we will share with anyone.

Massmouth would like to than Jo Radner,Tony Toledo, and Doug Lipman and all of you, you surprised mm with the following: a donated NSN membership allowing massmouth to function as a 501c3 non profit with pass thu grants(Thak you Jo Radner)

Thanks to all of you and the wonderful Tony T. you (all) donated dollars to make up 100.00 to massmouth which will go towards a VLA application.

We announced the grant we were awarded from the Cambridige Cultural Council for the 3 Slams held in Cambridge

Doug Lipman offered for a website for MM

Tony offered to try and get interpreter for BIG MOUTH OFF APRIL 20th

We brainstormed how we can get bodies in seats for a 340 seat venue for storytelling.Some ideas are shared below (if anyone has any ideas others than these please e-mail us and share as we will need all of these ideas to fill the seats at the Big Mouthoff Slam in April

some suggestion
a raffle at slam to be in Big Mouth Off
Doug L/ will e-mail 600 on his list will offer free coaching tips to list
Kate C. said she will contact her theater groups
Tony said contact adult education groups especially ESL
Jo and Rona contact food vendors in area
Contact area knitters and spinners
High schools and colleges using language that will attract insturctors(high school it supports mcas)

Your Questions from survey
interested in braod-ranging adult storytelling, not just personal stories.
How can we best promote HIGH-QUALITY storytelling in the Boston area?
creating respect for our art and securing consistent audiences
How do we shine our storytelling light brighter?
how do we join forces to collaborate and promote storytelling
What are people doing to reach beyond the usual, already interested, storytelling audiences???
How can we support each other.
How Can we build bigger audences and building professional venues in this economy.
what are we willing to do to create a new scene for storytelling
Methods we can pool resources for marketing, promotion and venue acquisition.

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Comment by andrea lovett on January 18, 2010 at 9:21pm
sorry Libby we should of had people write names down we did not and I had to do it from memory ,certainly I remember you being there sorry
Comment by Libby Franck on January 18, 2010 at 9:19pm
I was there too.


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Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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