We host community story circles (live and virtually) to provide space for people to cultivate community and explore social issues through their own lives. These story circles are free and open to all. Learn more below and register for one today.
About Story Circles
The purpose of a story circle is to build or strengthen a sense of community within a group, to examine differences, and / or to explore social challenges through our own lives. During a story circle, a small group of people gather to each share a personal story about a specific topic or theme. In a story circle, there is no audience; everyone shares, and everyone listens with complete attention. Once everyone has told their story, participants comment on the strengths and power they see in others’ stories and draw connections between others’ stories and their own. They are a powerful tool for seeing others and for being seen. Story circles have a rich history – from Indigenous communities who used them to draw out communal experiences and make decisions for the good of the community to the Free Southern Theater that used story circles during the Civil Rights Movement to open dialogue around the topic of race and create theater pieces to reflect those stories back to larger communities.
Register for Upcoming Story Circles (free and open to all)
Finding Beauty and Hope in the Midst of Hardship
Sunday, April 18 at 1:30 – 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Open to all; Max participants: 12
Via Zoom (link will be emailed after registration)
The pandemic has stolen and changed many of the ways we gather to be with others, but this story circle is a chance to be truly present with a group of people and to forge connections by sharing our own stories about how we are seeking beauty, hope, and connections during these different days. You don’t need to prepare anything in advance. This is a community event, not a performance, so no theatre experience is necessary. Imagine being gathered around a campfire exchanging stories.
What you need to participate: