27th Annual Storytelling Festival
Each year The Ark revives the oldest of all the arts with our February Storytelling Festival, featuring talespinners from far and wide. This year's tellers are Donna Washington, Tim Tingle, and Jane Fink. Donna Washington grew up an army brat in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where her father would sit at the dinner table and spin the wildest yarns imaginable. She is a multiple-award-winning recording artist and also the author of several books and the compiler of an anthology A Pride of African Tales. Storyteller and author Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw whose great-great-grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835. Responding to a scarcity of Choctaw lore, he began collecting tribal stories in the early 1990s and passing them along. Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild member Jane Fink is a psychotherapist, granola maker, and painter as well as a teller at the 2013 Ann Arbor Tellabration. She has been telling stories to anyone who would listen since she was five years old.
Note special 7:30 p.m. start time!