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Thursday, April 27, 2017

SMCC Hosting Renowned Storyteller

The award-winning South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute will present nationally renowned teller of tales Donald Davis in concert on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. In addition, Davis will be presenting an all day storytelling workshop, “Writing as a Second Language,” on Saturday, October 20.

Davis is one of America’s favorite storytellers. He has performed throughout the United States and the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, the World’s Fair, and as guest host of National Public Radio’s “Good Evening.” He is widely regarded as a “master’s master,” and as one of the principal movers of the nationwide storytelling revival.

He grew up in the mountains of southern Appalachia, and learned the art of telling stories and tales from his family of traditional storytellers who had lived on the same North Carolina land since 1871. Davis takes his inspiration from those tales he heard while growing up, including gentle fairy tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales, and nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin.

The SMCC Storytelling Institute is one of only a handful of academic programs in the nation to focus on this ancient and increasingly popular art form, and is the only Arizona institution to offer an Academic Certificate in Storytelling. SMCC storytelling programs are not limited to children’s events, but often contain sophisticated themes and content and are suitable for both adults and young people.

The Storytelling Institute is partnering with the Mesa Arts Center to bring Donald Davis to Arizona. For more information about their event, visit here: www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/donalddavis

The concert, held at SMCC’s Performance Hall is free. The workshop on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the South Mountain Community Library is $50 and includes lunch. Registration for the workshop is available online at Brown Paper Tickets. http://donalddavisworkshop.bpt.me

For more information, contact Liz Warren at 602-243-8026 or liz.warren@southmail.maricopa.edu.

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