MCC Storytelling
20th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration
November 13-16, 2019

Our Mission

For the Love of the Storytelling

We've got a lot going on this year, and we can’t wait for you to join us!

We’ve been going strong for 19 years and we’re extremely excited about bringing stories back to the Kansas City Metro Area.

MCC-Maple Woods and its community partners invite you to experience this one-of-a-kind event and spread the word about the importance of teaching our community to become citizens of the world through stories.

What is storytelling?

Storytelling is interactive. Storytelling uses words. Storytelling uses actions such as vocalization, physical movement and/or gesture. Storytelling presents a story. Storytelling encourages the active imagination of the listeners.  It is narratives and experiences from all genres, from Native American tribal tales to African folk songs to urban legends and Asian folklore, stories for all ages as tellers share the spotlight to bring the audience a unique understanding of the world at large and of their own lives.  Storytelling is not just a past time to entertain, but teaches lessons and it sparks imagination and develops listening skills.

Our History

Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City has been sponsoring the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration since 1999, and with the help of the River and Prairie Storyweavers, the event has grown from a small group of local tellers to a city wide event. The original goal of fostering healthy dialogue about diversity and community involvement has grown to include a wider number of individuals each year and has impacted nearly 300,000 area children and adults to date.

The event has continued to grow in size, scope and imagination, connecting the diverse neighborhoods on both sides of the river throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Each year the Celebration is both creative and innovative. The tellers share stories of personal, ethnic and family traditions. Our tellers encourage audience participation through open and spontaneous communication. As audiences become engaged with the tellers, dialogues are developed, allowing the tellers to tailor the story to each audience. Each performance is unique with tellers creatively responding to audience feedback.

The Celebration features 40 local, regional, and nationally acclaimed storytellers in 225 performances and related events throughout the Kansas City area. An estimated 13,000 people participate in these family friendly events led by professional storytellers who represent a wide range of cultures and performance styles. The event consists of several free performances by the four featured, internationally acclaimed storytellers. The performances include a spooky night of ghost stories; scores of 45-minute to one-hour storytelling performances at schools, libraries and other community venues; plus several storytelling workshops.

Last Modified: 11/4/19