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Sharing stories, building community

Story House Ithaca brings people 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.

Upcoming Events

  • Behind the Wall: Art & Writing from Prison
    Wed, Feb 01
    Tompkins County Public Library
    Feb 01, 9:00 AM – Feb 28, 5:00 PM
    Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
    Exhibit provides a glimpse into the lives, hearts, minds, and imaginations of 90 incarcerated people around the country.
  • "We Will No Longer Hide" writing workshop at TCPL
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Feb 01
    Tompkins County Public Library
    Feb 01, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
    This three-part writing workshop is designed to unravel some of the very basics of racism, not from the outside world around us, but from deep within ourselves.
  • "Behind the Wall" meet and greet at TCPL
    Fri, Feb 03
    Tompkins County Public Library
    Feb 03, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
    Meet the exhibit organizers and see artwork and writing by incarcerated people from around the country.
  • Presentation Night
    Tue, Feb 07
    The Soil Factory
    Feb 07, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    The Soil Factory, 142 Ithaca Beer Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
    Come celebrate the joy of learning at this evening of short talks by non-experts.

The plot thickens...

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There's so much going on at Story House! We are pleased to announce several new initiatives. As always, we welcome your ideas 

Artist Gym


Artist Gym is an innovative workshop series that uses arts-based exercises to inspire creative connection and community-building. It was developed by Sarah Plotkin, a theater artist who ran dozens of sessions in New York and Boston and recently returned to her home town of Ithaca. Participants move, improvise, write, and tell stories in a fun, supportive environment. The first session, on November 12, was supported by an SOS grant from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

Behind the Wall


Story House Ithaca and Prisoner Express are teaming up on Behind the Wall, a traveling exhibit of prisoner art and writing, thanks to a grant to Story House from Humanities New York. The project is bringing panels of artworks and writings collected and curated by Prisoner Express to public libraries in Auburn, Ithaca, Cortland, Owego, and Seneca Falls in the winter and spring of 2023. 


Stages of Life


Story House is now offering a multicultural, intergenerational playwriting workshop beginning in January. “Stages of Life” pairs elders from the GIAC Seniors Program and the Lifelong Senior Theatre Troupe with youth from the Village at Ithaca, Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP), and Running to Places Theatre Company, with everyone writing short plays based on the stories they learn from their partners. “Stages of Life” is supported by grants from the Community Arts Partnership’s Creative Recovery Fund and the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County


Beyond Black Panther Film Festival


With support from a 2021 Community Arts Partnership Grants for Arts Programs (GAP) grant, a generous gift from Tompkins Community Bank, and Giving is Gorges contributions from June, Story House will present a first-ever Black film festival in 2023. Local entertainer Kenneth McLaurin and Ithaca College film faculty members Nicole Horsley and Shola Ajayi are the creative force behind the project. Stay tuned for more details!


Rural storytelling tour


Story House helped organize a tour of rural libraries in Tompkins County last summer by master storytellers Regi Carpenter and Jay Leeming. Their visits, which featured storytelling workshops for kids and adults, were supported by a Community Arts Partnership GAP grant. 


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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