As taken from their website, the storytellingorganization MassMouth, "works to renew the timeless art of storytelling in Massachusetts. We build audience while bringing stories to non traditional venues, from apple orchards to urban street corners, to story slams. We engage a new generation of tellers online, through blogs, websites and by posting video and audio recordings of story in live performance." Founders of the group were honored at the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling's 2010 Northeast Storytelling: Sharing the Fire Conference, winning the Brother Blue and Ruth Hill Award for their contributions. Now, less than a year later, they are already moving on to exciting, new community partnerships.
At the end of December, the group announced that they would be pairing with the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and public high schools in the Greater Boston area, creating a program they call StoriesLive®. This new endeavor will "teach 11th and 12th grade students oral presentation and narrative skills that can help them navigate applying to the college or finding the job of their dreams. Students will share meaningful, personal stories in a fun, interactive forum and StoriesLive® will culminate in the first ever High School Scholarship Story Slam on April 30, 2011 which anticipates awarding $5000 in college scholarships."
To read more about the MassMouth group and their new project, be sure to check out their site here.