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Celebrating 20 Years of Storytelling: New Courses and a Year Filled With Anniversary Events

For 20 years, South Mountain Community College (SMCC) has made a name for itself in the ancient art of storytelling. Storytelling is more complex than simply memorizing a script; no two performances are the same. The oral art tradition is steeped in the humanities bringing about connections and community through stories.

The first storytelling festival was held October of 1995 and since has evolved into a mainstream art embraced by a large and expanding audience in Phoenix. So much that Phoenix is now known as the largest storytelling network in the nation.

Led by Director, Liz Warren, an internationally acclaimed storyteller, the institute is a great place to take a basic class or even study for an academic certificate. New 1-credit storytelling classes are being offered this fall that are conveniently offered on Saturdays, teaching how to use storytelling in various careers and settings of life.

This year Liz Warren and Storytelling faculty, Marilyn Torres will be conducting storytelling workshops with the bilingual nursing fellowship program mentors and early college education students.  The dynamic storytelling duo has also created new partnerships with Arizona Storytellers, Gila River Indian Community, and nationally recognized and renowned storytellers that will be featured in the institutes signature as well as new unique performances throughout the year.

For more information and performances scheduled during the 20th year anniversary celebration, visit Facebook.com/southmountaincc

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