Summer Tell Us Something Updates

 

I hope that you are doing as well as can be expected during these strange times. Sometimes I don’t even know how to process how I’m feeling, sometimes I am full of optimism, sometimes I am full of despair. I have been using this time to listen, to reflect, and to learn. What I know is that storytelling is as important now as it has ever been and Tell Us Something is still here.


When the pandemic began and we had to cancel the March 25 live event at The Wilma, we said that we would honor tickets purchased for that event at the next live in-person event at The Wilma. We have no way of knowing when that will be. If you have a ticket for that event and would like a refund, you can utilize LogjamPresents’ Ticket Exchange Program. Click here for more information on that.


I am so thankful to have been able to work with Maribeth Rothwell to bring a Personal Storytelling intensive workshop to 25 graduate students at The University of Montana as part of the Creative Pulse program. We met every day for a couple of hours for a week as part of a full week of online learning. The students worked hard and continue to work hard during the 4-week long program. I look forward to hearing their final stories in July.


We are excited to announce the next online storytelling intensive workshop.

The goal of the workshop is to have a 10-minute story to share on the theme “Good Intentions” by the end of the workshop.

The workshop will meet on Tuesday evenings 5:30PM-7PM for 5 consecutive Tuesdays: July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18 and August 25.

**//The workshop is limited to 10 participants//**

We will meet via Zoom.
REQUIRED: reliable Internet connection

To learn more and to sign up, please visit this link.


Be looking for some new podcast episodes coming this summer.

I invite you to meet the storytellers of Tell Us Something with “Tell Us Something – Behind the Scenes with the Storytellers”. Join us as we talk about what’s been going on with them recently, insight into their story and other podcast-only fun. We’ll revisit their stories and explore the importance of storytelling. Stay tuned for more and remember to subscribe to the podcast so you won’t miss any episode as they are released. The first ones are expected to drop next month.

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The scheduled Zootown Arts Tell Us Something summer camp is still scheduled. I am committed to safe learning experiences and we have not yet determined if the camp will move forward in-person. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


BLACK LIVES MATTERBlack Lives Matter.

The lives of all BIPOC in Montana are vital. Their stories are vital. Tell Us Something has always welcomed everyone to be able to share their story. We need to do better. We are working to be more inclusive for our community members who are Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color. We are committed to amplifying voices and ideas that will lead us to a more equitable society. We will continue to create space to listen and have the conversations needed to make a permanent positive change in this world.

I leave you with the words of Tell Us Something storytelling alumni, Jason Forges: “[Being curious] is just the start of it. Ultimately, you have to say ‘OK, I’m curious now. But now, how do I entertain that curiosity? Or, what am I doing after I watch this video or watch something that I don’t know anything about?’”

I invite you to watch this powerful video called “Missoula Voices” produced by YWCA Missoula.

Keep loving. Keep fighting the good fight.
Peace and stories,
Marc

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