World Storytelling Day!

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World Storytelling Day!

A World Storytelling Day Virtual Event 

       Presented by:
 Storytellers of New Mexico 
Santa Fe Children’s Museum

Santa Fe-based, nationally known storytellers; Cynthia Dobson, Joe Hayes, Lucinda deLorimier, Mary Ellen Gonzales, and Regina Ress serve up some delicious tales to delight the whole family in honor of the first day of spring, new beginnings and World Storytelling Day!   

World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling by groups all around the world.

Celebrate with us by being a part of this LIVE online storytelling party!

This is a “by donation” benefit for the Santa Fe Children’s Museum Garden Outreach Programs. Every $10 raised sponsors a Victory Garden Grab & Go kit for a child in need!
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Cynthia Dobson
She is an Early Childhood Educator with a master’s degree in Multi-cultural Education. Her teaching experience in Mexico, New Mexico, and Canada has given her a unique perspective not only on the difference but more importantly, on the similarities in cultures. From these experiences, she chooses stories to share with others. Cynthia has been endorsed by the New Mexico Humanities Council.

“You make stories come alive”  ~Ms. Hathcoat, Teacher, Waynesboro Primary School, Waynesboro, GA
“Thank you so much for those fabulous stories. My favorite was about the squirrel and the sun because the squirrel did not give up.”  ~Atalaya Elementary School, Santa Fe

Joe Hayes
He has been telling stories around Santa Fe and wherever else people will listen since 1980. He is a nationally renowned teller of Southwestern tales from the Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo cultures. has performed in thousands of schools, libraries, museums and parks and appeared in the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a distinctive place among America's storytellers and his bilingual books are used in schools all over the United States. For children and adults alike, Hayes' storytelling sessions outside the tepee at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe are a summer tradition that has continued for over 25 years. Even though he’s not really 100 years old, he’s the New Mexico Centennial Storyteller

"Joe Hayes understands that a good story, the old old people taught us, must both educate and entertain, teaching a lasting lesson through the magic of its telling." ~Joe Bruchac
"Here in the Southwest Joe Hayes is a folk hero: everybody’s favorite teller of tales from our own favorite part of the world." ~Byrd Baylor

Lucinda deLorimier:
Through the art of storytelling and various careers in education and librarianship, Lucinda is a strong proponent of active narrative as a force for positive change. She's been bringing the heart connection of storytelling to audiences of all ages and stripes since 1986. As a performer, her wit, warmth, and skill in enrapturing her audiences give listeners permission to create and pass along stories for the enrichment of all. She has taught core courses in Dominican University's storytelling certificate program and has led numerous workshops on varied aspects of telling to educators, cultural centers, park rangers, and library staff. She tells mostly traditional tales, often with personal stories woven into the narrative. She likes the unusual stories, especially those with a twist. 

"As you told the stories I could picture it so clearly that I felt like I was there! Your stories seemed to just flow out of your mouth.” ~A sixth-grade student
"I wish you could come in every day." ~A second-grade student

Mary Ellen Gonzalez:
For Mary Ellen Gonzales, storytelling is a gift that demands expression. She traces her ancestry in New Mexico back to 1630, so New Mexico’s history is her personal family history. She was raised on a sheep ranch near Chama and when she was raising her children, she lived on the ranch, cooking for cowboys and elk hunters and doing some cowboying herself.  When she tells Hispanic stories, she puts them into cultural and historical context, challenging audiences to think about why things happen the way they do and how they feel about it. She was fortunate to sit at the feet of Paula Underwood, a Keeper of Ancient Wisdom, from the Iroquois tradition, learning truths that have been handed down for centuries, mostly in a story. A founder of the Storytellers of New Mexico, she has brought sparkle, energy, and charm to groups from elementary schools to libraries and museums. What a treat to have her with us for this World Storytelling Day.

Regina Ress
Whether performing for adults or children, Regina Ress invites her audience to journey with her to explore new territory and return with insights and information, having had a delightful experience along the way. She has performed and taught from Broadway to Brazil, grade schools to senior centers, homeless shelters, and prisons to Lincoln Center and the White House. She has also been spotted in museums and Mexican buses, Botanical gardens and Zoos, and in numerous national and international storytelling festivals. Regina teaches Storytelling in the Classroom at NYU and taught ESL through Presentations Skills at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She is the recipient of two National Storytelling Network Oracle Awards. Regina believes that Storytelling connects us to each other and to the deepest parts of our Selves.    

"Regina Ress is a powerful storyteller and her fascination with a wide range of cultures and literature, and her thoughtful research has enabled her to use unfamiliar and evocative materials in her performances, enriching the lives of all who hear her." ~Marilyn Iarusso, Storytelling Specialist, The New York Public Library

"You bring an energy and freshness to the classroom that is grounding and inspiring at the same time." ~Beth Kotch, sixth-grade teacher, PS 3, NYC