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Storytelling

Klaus Kocher

Saturday in Carbondale, six locals take the stage to tell their stories of immigrating to the U.S. from Latin America, Europe and Africa.

Susana Salamun is one of the storytellers for "Immigrant Voices." She moved to the U.S. from Mexico when she was in her mid-twenties.

Spellbinders Executive Director Catherine Scales Johnson discusses the impact of Spellbinders on the students in schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and the future of the volunteer-based organization. 5th grade Aspen Middle School teacher Amy Gray also contributes to the importance of the program in the classroom. 

Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders Chapter leader, Annie Sinton, also can be heard telling the story of a dog and a mountain lion from a storytelling event at Explore Booksellers in July 2016. 

Amy Gray is a 5th grade teacher at Aspen Middle School. Every month, her class is visited by a special guest, Adelaide Waters, a volunteer storyteller for Spellbinders. Waters has a new story to tell the students every month, and as Gray explains, the students are captured by each and every story. 

Gray shares the importance of oral storytelling for her students and the value the program brings to her classroom. Spellbinders Executive Director, Catherine Scales Johnson also contributes. 

Catherine Scales-Johnson is the Executive Director of Spellbinders, an organization that is best known for its in-school storytelling program. Told by volunteers, the stories span from folk tales and personal stories to historical fiction. All volunteers must go through a 14-hour training and continue to have regular meetings with other volunteers.

Volunteer teller, Adelaide Waters, shares her personal experience with Spellbinders and the inspiration for her own stories. 

Germaine Dietsch founded Spellbinders in Denver in the 1980's. She discusses the organization's history , her personal inspirations, and how the organization grew from an idea to 18 national and international chapters today.  

Learn more about Spellbinders and how you can get involved at www.spellbinders.org.   

  Telling a story through photographs...that's the objective of the Visual Storytelling and Documentary Photography workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The workshop is co-taught by James Estrin, The New York Times Senior Staff Photographer, and Ed Kashi, photojournalist and filmmaker whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, TIME, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. 

Estrin and Kashi discuss their workshop at the Ranch, the developments they've seen in the field of photographer, and their careers. 

CrossCurrents - Spellbinders

May 14, 2014

Jackie Merrill and Catherine Johnson are from Spellbinders – a non-profit dedicated to restoring the art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures throughout time.

http://www.spellbinders.org/