In April 2022, the Institute For Story, under the umbrella of the Hospice Savannah Foundation, hosted it's first-ever Story Under the Stars event in the band shell in Forsyth Park, as the kick-off event for a multi-day conference dedicated to the science and power of Story. The event in the park, and the conference itself, were to raise both awareness and funds for Hospice Savannah's Story Keeping program, in addition to promoting the power of Story itself as a tool for healing, understanding, and connection.
That first Story Under the Stars was a partnership with the Savannah Philharmonic. An original orchestral score was commissioned, set to the COVID-19 stories of several Savannah citizens who submitted their stories of dealing how it affected them, how they dealt with the pandemic, their reliance during such a difficult time, and their hope for the future. It was time to come together, as neighbors and fellow survivors, to share and to heal. The piece was played live, in five parts, by a woodwind quartet, in between speakers sharing their stories from the podium.
For StoryCon 2023, we will host Story In the Park on Sunday, June 4th, 2023 at 6:00 pm.
We invite the entire community to gather for Story In The Park to hear from their fellow citizens - to gather together to hear each other's stories, to connect, and to build community. Bring your blankets, camp chairs, and a picnic to spend time with others and to embrace the power of story!
As in 2022, the speakers will be selected from children and adults throughout our community who have participated in monthly gatherings in parks and community centers throughout the City, and those who have submitted their stories via this website.
Want To Share Your Story?
Stories are powerful.
Hearing someone's story is important, but telling one's story can be life-changing. We encourage people of all ages and of all walks of life to come together to learn about each other, to foster understanding and empathy through hearing and telling stories, and to engage with each other in a positive and constructive way.
We're accepting submissions from area children and adults to participate in the annual Story In the Park event. Applications are due by:
Friday, March 24th at 12:00 pm.