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An interesting time to be born


The expression “may you live in interesting times” has lost its irony over the last year and a half. Can we even remember what life was like when the times were not interesting?


It has certainly been an interesting time to start a new community organization – especially one devoted to bringing people together! But here at Story House, we’ve been keeping our chins up and churning away with our little duck feet. We’ve had some lovely outdoor events with community partners and we’ve forged exciting new relationships with people and organizations – including an informal agreement with the Community School of Music and Arts to share their space this winter.


But like everyone else, we’re watching the virus numbers and playing it safe with indoor in-person events. We’ve postponed the series “Breaking Our Silence: Storytelling for Mental Health,” a collaborative project we've organized with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Finger Lakes, Cinemapolis, master storyteller Regi Carpenter, puppeteer Scott Hitz, Civic Ensemble, the Ithaca High School Choir, theater director Rachel Lampert, and others.


We’ve also gone slow on the launch of the Ithaca Bar Choir (where you can learn a song and sing it with friends and strangers), Ithaca Story Circle (where you can tell and hear stories of all kinds), Women+s Playwriting Workshop, and more. We’ll make noise when we have more details on those.

In the meantime, check out a cartooning workshop with the talentoso Pedro X. Molina, a panel on press freedom organized by Ithaca City of Asylum, a series of online workshops by Regi Carpenter, outdoor public read-alongs with the Children’s Reading Connection, and much more.


Which is to say… things are about to get interesting!

Upcoming events

  • Workshop: Try Your Hand at Cartooning!
    Sep 28, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Learn the basics of cartooning with internationally acclaimed editorial cartoonist Pedro X. Molina, an Artist Protection Fund Fellow in residence at Cornell.
  • Shining the Light: Journalism in Times of Tyranny
    Sep 30, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
    Panel discussion about the situation for journalists in Afghanistan, Belarus, Myanmar, and Nicaragua in recognition of Banned Books Week.
  • Storytelling as a Spiritual Practice (Regi Carpenter)
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Oct 02
    Online Class
    Oct 02, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Online Class
    Are you someone who wants to explore your spirituality without religious expectations? Join spoken word artist and author Regi Carpenter as she guides and support you in this online Zoom class.
  • The Fifth Room: A Place of Healing and Recovery (Regi Carpenter)
    Oct 07, 7:00 PM – Oct 21, 8:30 PM
    Storyteller Regi Carpenter's three-session workshop is designed to help those directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues.
  • BEDLAM screening and filmmaker Q&A
    Mar 10, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Ithaca, 120 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
    Intimate, award-winning documentary on the failing mental health system. Co-writer and co-producer Peter Miller will be on hand to answer questions. Date is tentative; please check back.

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