Our shared stories weave the web of community. From ancient times, stories have relayed wisdom from the elders, guidance for the young, entertainment on long, dark nights and laughter from the belly of the bards. Most of us cherish a favorite story from childhood, one we wanted to hear told again and again and eventually learned by heart.
As technology takes over our lives, a revision of this ancient art holds out promise for the recovery of our imaginations and for the shared fabric of our local communities.
WithOurVoice, Inc. is a community organization promoting storytelling--traditional and otherwise-- at local venues, monthly events and trainings.
We oversee two programs,
Children at the Well Youth Storytellers for Peace & Understanding,
which trains diverse groups of young teenagers in the art of storytelling,
Interfaith Story Circle (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, NY),
which holds informal monthly circles.
C@W storytellers and staff after tenth annual performance, April 26th, 2015. Photo by Robert Cooper.
February 2016 Interfaith Story Circle Meeting:
Lesson Stories -
Co-Sponsored by the
Interfaith Center of University at Albany
Guest Storyteller: Stephanie Marie Fox telling” Stories of the Longhouse” from the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) tradition
We are a registered 501(c)3 organization with an active board of directors:
Paula B. Weiss
The mission of WithOurVoice, Inc. is to increase capacity for intercultural understanding, build diverse community connections and grow compassionate leaders, through the ancient art of storytelling.
We envision a world where human connectedness is sought and celebrated by lifting up cultural and individual identity and voice, resulting in a deeper understanding and appreciation of ourselves, others, and the world around us.