Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild presents A Patchwork of Stories for Grown Ups on Sunday, September 24 @ 5 PM EST at Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA. This live event is open to the public. Tickets: $15. *PWYC options. Light refreshments available. Running Time: 90 minutes.
Patchwork is celebrating the art of storytelling by taking audiences on a joyride into an eclectic mix of amazing tales recounted by an outstanding group of tellers and featuring, in alphabetical order, the delightful and dynamic Michele Belluomini, Joe Dudis, Ed Stivender, and Denise McCormack. There will even be a few give-away surprises.
According to McCormack,
“A Patchwork of Stories for Grown Ups is a favorite event for Patchwork, a vehicle to promote this incredible and relevant pastime, and this year, in particular, we're pulling out all the stops to bring folks a jaunty mix of narrative modes—recitative, personal, traditional, and transformational! Each story has been carefully selected and uniquely crafted by the teller, but it's always the audience that adds the final touch, a special something to make the experience truly remarkable. Storytelling, at its core, is a grand experiment, and it really captures the true essence of the fringe! It's exciting!"
This program is sure to delight story-lovers everywhere, and we encourage everyone to come hear some really great tales and to be part of our story!
Michele Belluomini has been telling stories to children and adults for the last 15 years; she has performed in schools, libraries, and museums, as well as at universities in the Philadelphia area.
Michele presented solo performances on the "Fringe" stage at the 2006 National Storytelling Conference in Pittsburgh and at the 2012 National Storytelling Conference in Cincinnati, as well as performed in a host of Patchwork events, Tellabration festivals, the New Jersey Storytelling festival, and the Lehigh Valley's Story Fusion.
Joe Dudis has been a storyteller for 30+ years and tells ghost stories and literary, tall and folk tales. He has told at the NJ Heritage Trail Festival and at the NJ storytelling festivals at Waterloo Village in and at the Grounds for Sculpture in 2006. He has told to adults and children at various venues throughout NJ. He is a member of the Princeton Storytelling Circle and Toastmasters International.
Denise McCormack loves the very idea of story and is deeply committed to sharing the history, benefits, and practices of storytelling in a broad spectrum of applications — from education and community to business, health, and well-being.
Among her many roles, McCormack is president of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild, coordinator and creative director of the Lehigh Valley Family Storytelling Series, and an active member of various other local and national organizations wherein storytelling and the arts play an integral role.
For more information, go to: https://www.denisemccormack.live/
Internationally-known Storyteller Ed Stivender iis a force to be reckoned with. Known for his witty , original renditions of traditional and classic stories, Mr. Stivender has entertained audiences of all ages around the country since 1980.
The author of Raise Catholic (Can You Tell?), and seven spoken word albums, he is the winner of the Circle of Excellence Storytelling Award and several prizes in the Philadelphia Mummers’ Parade.
For more information, go to: http://edstivender.com/
Founded in 1931, DVAA is an intergenerational community space and art gallery with the core mission of Building Community Through Art. We foster an artist membership that both showcases individual voices and encourages collective collaboration, providing monthly exhibitions and programming, all at no cost to visitors. Throughout the year, we regularly partner with individuals, organizations, institutions, and businesses around the city to further spotlight the diverse talents held by our Philadelphia neighbors and how our interests align.
We’ve lived a lot of lives as an organization over the last 91 years, with a lot of incredible people and their art gracing our walls, floors, and ceilings. In 2022, we remain committed to ensuring equitable opportunities for creative people, specifically focusing on providing a platform for individuals traditionally marginalized in institutions, such as immigrants, the queer community, disabled people, elderly and young community members, individuals with low income, and all the intersections in-between. We do this through free public events and workshops, a fellowship and residency program, art exhibitions, STEAM workshops with youth, Memory Care art workshops, and an annual sustainability centered arts and science festival, the Everyday Futures Fest. Running through the core of everything we do at DVAA is our mission of Building Community Through Art. We utilize art making and appreciation as a tool of connection to build relationships between disparate people who continue to use DVAA as a creative refuge space.
The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is a city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny of Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works produced by hundreds of independent artists.
Patchwork Storytelling Guild is a member-supported 501c3 non-profit organization serving the needs of the Philadelphia Metro area, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the Delaware Valley, and beyond.
We strive to provide a forum for storytellers and to promote the art of storytelling through community outreach related to the practice, performance, and value of storytelling. Patchwork offers: monthly story swaps, coaching sessions, performance opportunities... and more.