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Storytelling and Art for a Better World

  • Kelly Writers House 3805 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)
Lauren Smedley

Lauren Smedley

This event is organized and presented by Tell Me a Story + Design Activist Institute.

Telling stories leads to a deeper human connection. This 90 minute interactive workshop will explore the use of personal narrative as a means to call to action, convey a message, and invite others to listen and share stories of their own. Participants can create one original story or artistic piece. Discover how to use your radical imagination to work with others for justice and ecology. 

About Tell Me A Story
Storytelling isn’t just a buzz word, it’s the root of human consciousness. Everyone has a story to tell – whether it is about your own personal background and interests, or the story of your work or organization. Tell Me A Story will introduce you to a new way of public speaking. Communicate true stories, build relationships, and connect to your audience like never before.

About Design Activist Institute
The Design Activist Institute is a Philadelphia-based, intersectional, autonomous, grassroots collective of designers working for radical, utopian resistance and building a better world. A commitment to horizontal organization with affected communities is at the core of our approach. The Institute works with other community organizers, using strategic design thinking, investigative research, and community engagement to implement design interventions that lead to lasting, palpable change.

About Hillary Rea (Facilitator)
Hillary Rea an award-winning storyteller living in Philadelphia. She is the host and producer of shows, Tell Me A Story and Fibber. Hillary is a New York City Moth StorySlam winner and has performed with the How I Learned Series, Story Collider, The Soundtrack Series, Real Characters, Speakeasy DC and more. 

Hillary is a 2016 Independence Foundation Fellow in the Arts and was a 2011 Artist-in-Residence for Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, NC. In 2013, Hillary assistant directed 1812 Productions’ It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project, an interdisciplinary storytelling and theater piece.

Hillary founded Tell Me A Story in 2011. In addition to producing live storytelling, events, TMAS runs monthly storytelling classes and corporate workshops. Past clients include Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, Dreamit, Penn Jersey Paper, Hungry Education, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Pennsylvania Innocence Project, gsk, and PwC.

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