Locations at the JDL

The Jackson District Library’s 34th Annual Storyfest returned November 1-6, 2021. The year’s theme – Storytelling Through the Arts – captured the many fun and creative forms of storytelling, from spoken word to song and dance.

School Sessions

Storytellers including Larry Castleberry, La’Ron Williams, Laura Raynor and Jenifer Strauss shared their storytelling talents both in-person and virtually with 35 area schools, from Pre-K-12th grade.

Silver Tales featuring Cynthia Shelhart
November 3, 11 AM, at the Ella Sharp Museum

Join us for a masterful performance by renowned harpist Cynthia Shelhart. Shelhart is an international authority on double-strung harp performance and pedagogy, and she literally wrote the book used by double harp students around the world. A winner of the U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship, Cynthia is in international demand as a festival clinician, speaker, and performing artist.

Storyfest Showcase
November 5, 7 PM, at Weatherwax Hall

This year’s Storyfest Showcase truly encompassed Storytelling Through The Arts with performances by the Jackson School of the Arts dance troupe, poetry and music duo Lonnie & Clyde, Center Stage Jackson, and storytellers Tre Howl and Satori Shakoor.

The Art of Storytelling: Life Into Words Virtual Workshop
November 6, 10 AM, online

This highly interactive workshop focused on the relevance of the spoken word and the oral tradition in an educational setting. Teachers learned how to take a story off the page and bring it to life and how it can be used to support the curriculum.

Storyteller and teaching artist Noa Baum engaged participants in dynamic hand-on activities to experience their creativity, and find their unique storyteller voice as she introduced them to the valuable role storytelling plays in the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children.

- Discovered the power of oral language
- Learned a few simple steps to remember and tell a story
- Gained tools to hold students’ attention
- Developed creativity and self-expression

We would like to offer a special thank you to all the following individuals, businesses, and organizations for their generous donations and support that allowed us to bring Storyfest to the Jackson community in 2021:

Addison P. Cook III Foundation
True Community Credit Union
Linda and Chuck Furgason
Gretchen and David Mikelonis
South Central Credit Union
Dillon and Associates, Inc. Investment Counsel
Louis Glick Memorial & Charitable Trust and Alro Steel Corporation
Meijer Store – Airport Road
Ellen Heins
Mike and Sara Tackett
Jack Esterline
James and Joyce Grace
Kathy Lincoln
Sheryl Fagin
James Lefere
Clyde and Laurel Mauldin
Chuck and Pam Schultz
Catherine Nowak
Gary and Lynn Kenworthy
Travis and Georgia Fojtasek
Jackson County Association of Retired School Personnel
Kurt and Lisa Rudolph
Darold and Judy Ebersole
Judy Szink
Jack V. Butterfield Investment Co.
Roy and Lois Kelly
Fordine Williams
Catherine McLaughlin
Edward and Helen Greene
Marcia Whitehead
Florence Guidinger
Fredrick and Deborah Marshall
Chad and Jennifer Noble
Marie Fisher
Melanie Hilliard
Diane Dray
Elayne Eberhart
Angela Hiler
Janell Houser
Nancy McCormack
Elaine Solomon
Susan Herrington
Jim and Judee Royster
Jackson Symphony Orchestra

& grants from
Jackson Literary and Arts Association
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs