Our Story

    For years, Greensboro citizens interested in the art of storytelling flocked to other cities to attend festivals and see nationally known storytellers. The most famous one is in Jonesborough, Tenn.
    In 2004, downtown merchants Dave and Judi Hill spearheaded the effort to create a festival in the Greensboro Cultural District. It took form as  North Carolina Storyfest, Inc.  The mission was to provide a forum to engage and entertain all ages and ethnicities, preserving and expanding the ancient art of storytelling, and to use storytelling as a link to other fields of education and enrichment. It has always been an all volunteer organization.
    A number of community partners have supported NC Storyfest since 2004, they include Greensboro Public Library, Greensboro City Arts, Greensboro Children’s Museum, Downtown Greensboro Inc, North Carolina Storytelling Guild, and the University Speaking Center-UNCG. Other partnerships of in-kind service and volunteers have included American Express, Family Life Council, ArtsGreensboro, Action Greensboro, Guilford Native American Association, and the Greensboro Historical Museum.
    Greensboro’s first NC Storyfest, a free festival held in the downtown Greensboro cultural district, was held on Saturday, April 23, 2005 showcased three nationally know tellers, Bil Lepp, Donna Washington, and Kelly Swanson. In addition, it featured Regional Tellers from N.C. and the southeastern states. Festivals were held until 2010 and featured such tellers as Sheila Kay Adams, Willa Brigham, Donald Davis, David Holt, Andy Offutt Irwin, Logie Meachum and Regional Tellers.  
    After six years of producing the storytelling festival, NC Storyfest Inc. decided to refocus its mission. Rather than just one big storytelling festival each year, we focused on bringing together storytellers to share stories and ideas, host story slams and individual performances.
    Thanks to support from the Greensboro Public Library and Greensboro Parks and Recreations’ City Arts, and with the new name of Triad Storytelling Exchange, we began meeting on the third Thursday of the month in the City Arts offices of the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center.   Sponsoring storytelling development workshops for youth and adults, joining in downtown Greensboro's First Friday celebration with Open-Mic, hosting Story Slams around town, and sharing the joy of listening to a good story.