What is Story House?
Story House Ithaca is a new organization that seeks to create spaces where people of all interests and backgrounds can come together to share, study, create, and enjoy stories in all their forms. Story House defines "story" very broadly, to include fiction and nonfiction, poetry and song, documentary, journalism, photography, audio, film, theater, puppetry, visual and performance art, graphics, dance, oral history, and every other way of communicating ideas and experience.
Our definition of "house" is also broad. We hope eventually to settle into our own space, but we're also excited about popping up all over the community.
We are not yet a legal entity (we're currently applying for nonprofit status).
What do we do?
We create. We dream up, organize, and present workshops, discussions, talks, screenings, exhibitions, participatory events, celebrations, and performances.
We collaborate. We work with organizations, artists, and anyone else to plan and present programming.
We connect. We help organizations, artists, scholars, and others find new partners and reach new audiences.
We host. We help you present your event, whether online or in person.
Why are we doing this?
We believe that strong communities are built on shared experience and genuine interaction. Stories offer both.
Stories have always brought people together. They are how we make sense of ourselves and how we learn about one another. They’re the paths we take to explore the world, and the tools we use to report what we discover. Yet stories can also deceive and divide us. To thrive in a world of stories, we need to open our minds, pay attention, and ask each other questions.
Story House Ithaca works to create opportunities for people from all over the county to gather to hear, watch, create, share, discuss, and learn together.
In all our programs and activities, we are committed to creating inclusive spaces that welcome diversity. We strive to foster interactions between people of different cultures, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, with the goal of working toward shared understanding and a more equitable, anti-racist society.
Who are we?
The Story House Ithaca grew out of discussions among local writers, artists, teachers, activists, business owners, and other community members.
Our co-directors are Lesley Greene (theater producer, videographer, co-founder of Porchfest) and Jonathan Miller (public radio and print journalist and project leader). Steering committee members are Kathryn Henion and Jonathan Plotkin.
Our planning group includes Kathrin Achenbach, Shola Ajayi, Brett Bossard, Anna Canny, Kelsey Gardner, Peaches Gillette, Eleanor Henderson, Scott Hitz, Rachel Lampert, Laura Larson, Aimée Lehmann, Johannes Lehmann, Kenneth McLaurin, Barbara Mink, Steve Paling, Eric Pritz, Mickie Quinn, Neil Schill, Fred Schoeps, SingTrece, and Elizabeth Wolff.
If you'd like to be a part of this effort, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'd love to hear from you!
No matter what the arrangement, we love to work with creative people. If you have an idea for a program, drop us a line. There's a handy form here.