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Comment by B.Z. Smith on December 1, 2008 at 9:30pm
After several months our local community is moving on a new path of growth and development. A coalition of artists, our local technorati & community activists are working to build an online social community for our region in the Sierra Foothills of CA. The context for this group is to build a new communication bridge that is outside of the local traditional media, that uses new technologies and invites immediate dialogue. Through these efforts we want to help connect artists, musicians, storytellers, actors, promoters and audience in our geographical area.

If you have ideas, suggestions, please connect with us. We're reaching out through FriendFeed and Twitter right now. Some of us have started blogs on various topics. Here are two of our regional folks talking about their take on art in our area and art in general:

Zac Calbert:
Me, B.Z. Smith:
Comment by B.Z. Smith on April 1, 2008 at 11:04pm
Overheard today at a local restaurant: "I'm taking my baby to storytime at the library. She loves it!"

This is where new parents meet. They build friendships, playgroups, find parenting support through their shared experience at story time. They want the storyteller to guide them, to help them learn how to tell stories to their children by example. The child may form his or her first trust outside of the family and primary caregivers--The Library Story Lady.

Building community. Strengthening the fires of each "hearth."

I love performance telling and I've had some big crowds in the "k's," but remind me to tell you the Tale of Gina.
Comment by B.Z. Smith on April 1, 2008 at 10:34pm
The context is open to interpretation and to each teller's application.

My own application is that I am looking for ways to strengthen my physical community, my town, my hamlet through storytelling. I have a responsibility to bring story to the people of my community that will help empower them as individuals, as a collective. I also have a responsibility to nurture new tellers in this "hamlet."

Have any of you read "Child of Fortune" by Norm Spinrad? The role of the ruespieler/ the storyteller is at the heart of this sci-fi fantasy--understanding the vital role of story to building culture and community AND identifying who the future tellers will be.
Comment by Sean Buvala on April 1, 2008 at 2:17pm



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