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Sharing stories, building community

Story House Ithaca brings people of all interests and backgrounds together to share, study, create, and enjoy stories in all their forms. Story House is a project of the nonprofit Center for Transformative Action. Learn more.

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Omicron, and on, and onward!

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Co-directors Lesley Greene and Jonathan Miller. Photo by Casey Martin.

It hasn't been the most propitious time to start an organization devoted to bringing people together. Like everyone else, we've been forced to cancel or delay a slew of events. But the pandemic has only strengthened our resolve. What we're building isn't just a nice idea – it feels somehow essential.

As we write this, we're hatching plans for “Breaking Our Silence: Storytelling for Mental Health,” a series of screenings, workshops, and performances in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Finger LakesCinemapolis, storyteller Regi CarpenterCivic Ensemble, the Ithaca High School Choir, theater director Rachel Lampert, and others. ​Look for that in the spring. We're also putting together a monthly show-and-tell about creative placemaking, featuring local organizations that are using culture and the arts to build community.

And keep your ears open for the Better than Black Panther Film Festival (where you can see movies by and about Black people), Ithaca Bar Choir (where you can learn a song and sing it with friends and strangers), Story Night (a gathering place for tale-tellers and tale-lovers), the Listening Room (a place to share and discuss great audio), the Women+s Playwriting Workshop (mutual aid for dramatic writers), songwriting workshops, comedy workshops, podcasting workshops, oral history projects, film series, community discussions, rural storytelling, and more.

If this sounds like something our community needs, please consider making a gift. Story House Ithaca is a project of the nonprofit Center for Transformative Action, so your donation is tax-deductible. Just tap the button and let’s build something together!

Upcoming events

  • Intro to Comedy Writing and Performance
    Intro to Comedy Writing and Performance
    Cornell Cooperative Extension of TC
    Jan 23, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Cornell Cooperative Extension of TC, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
    Learn the basics of comedy writing and stage performance for stand-up and sketch comedy from comedian Kenneth McLaurin.
  • SingTrece Songwriting Class
    SingTrece Songwriting Class
    Southside Community Center
    Feb 09, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Southside Community Center, 305 S Plain St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
    There are songs inside all of us just waiting to come out. In this seven-week course, international performer and songwriter SingTrece McLaurin will help you find your songs and share them with the world.
  • BEDLAM screening and filmmaker Q&A
    BEDLAM screening and filmmaker Q&A
    Ithaca
    Apr 01, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Ithaca, 120 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
    Powerful award-winning documentary on the failing mental health system. Co-writer and co-producer Peter Miller will be on hand to answer questions. The date is tentative; please check back.
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What's your story?

Do you have an idea for a Story House program? Are you looking for someone to work with? Is there something you'd like us to do? Fill out the form on our Contact page

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