On June 28, 2016 Arts Council Oklahoma City announced the end of the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival. For more than 30 years, the two-day festival delighted audiences with nationally-acclaimed storytellers, workshops and special performances.
A careful examination of Arts Council Oklahoma City’s programming, however, revealed that funds used to support the Storytelling Festival would better serve a broader community if reallocated to other existing programs, such as All Access Arts, Art Moves, Opening Night, and Festival of the Arts.
Arts Council Oklahoma City voted to end the festival at its June 27th Board meeting. They noted that Oklahomans will continue to have access to storytelling-based programming through the Territory Tellers—a statewide non-profit dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling. The Territory Tellers produce a similar storytelling festival every summer.
“Arts Council Oklahoma City has a long history of supporting storytelling as an art form,” said Peter Dolese, Executive Director. “While we will continue to incorporate storytelling into our programming, now seems like the ideal moment to pass the torch to the Territory Tellers. This organization has provided the state of Oklahoma with storytelling workshops and events for over 30 years, and its annual festival just celebrated its 10th anniversary. We have every confidence that the Territory Tellers will continue to promote and celebrate storytelling for years to come.”
Arts Council Oklahoma City would like to extend its deepest gratitude to all the partners, co-chairs, volunteers, tellers, and audience members who made the OKC Storytelling Festival such a special event.
Additional coverage can be found at The Oklahoman.