Help save the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival!
As festival producer Alan Irvine relates, the festival is starting off on an exciting new chapter following a successful 12 years as a library sponsored event. After our original sponsor decided to end its involvement with the festival back in April, the local storytelling community stepped in and scrambled to find a new venue (Winchester Thurston School’s north campus in Allison Park, PA – a beautiful campus with wonderful facilities), new dates (August 16-18, just a week later than originally planned), rebook the featured storytellers, and do a year’s worth of planning in 3 months. Now, with the basic structure in place, we are looking to future and planning to grow the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival into a truly regional, even national, event. Along the way, we want to transform the festival and experiment with new events and formats.
However, growth, transformation, even simple survival requires financial support. The loss of the festival’s original supporter meant the loss of their financial support as well. The local storytelling organization, StorySwap, has committed its entire bank account to festival, and this has been matched with a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant. Now we are asking for your help as well.
Your donation will help us to bring in the featured performers: Bil Lepp, Beth Horner, and Randall McGee. We are very excited that they are all able to come, despite the sudden changes in the festival, and we would love to be able to buy them more for dinner than just a Klondike bar, and to put them up in a hotel rather than making them sleep on the floor of an empty classroom.
Your donation will help us promote the festival through the entire Pittsburgh region and beyond, and help us bring in the crowds, the throngs, the hordes of people eager to hear great stories.
Your donation will even help us do boring things like pay the rent, purchase insurance, set up tables and chairs.
Your donation will make this year the Festival’s Lucky 13th year!
And even if you cannot donate, you can help us by spreading the word about the festival (and this fund-raising campaign), by contacting us to volunteer at the festival itself, and by coming and enjoying the exciting stories on August 16 and 17!