In 1978, five storytelling friends traveled together to the National Storytelling Festival in the "Southlands" of Jonesborough, Tennessee. Inspired by and celebrating story, these five friends formed an organization up "North." In forty-one years, Northlands has grown a membership, a conference and this website, bringing together a network of storytellers whose feet are planted in the heartlands of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin but whose hearts reach wherever tales are told. We are friends to each other, friends to story and friends to our listeners.
Our mission remains true to our founders: Northlands inspires story artists to celebrate oral storytelling in all its diversity!
Message from the President:
Northlands' new equity statement and plan for action are attached as a PDF. The Board wants this information to be readily accessible to our membership as we make a public commitment to becoming an even better Northlands.
Northlands accepts donations to assist in its mission of promoting storytelling. Use the Donate button above to give to the New Voices Scholarship Fund, the Member Grants Fund or the General Fund.
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