“Storytelling! Grumpy old women, turtles, frogs, locusts, and other unlikely heroes” A Storytelling Session with Louise Omoto Kessel (Facilitated by Swasti Bhattacharyya)
Join storyteller Louise Omoto Kessel for a live storytelling performance that will be enjoyed by adults and young people alike. Louise will offer traditional and contemporary stories selected to encourage us on our path of working for peace and justice. Grumpy old women, turtles, frogs, locusts, and other unlikely heroes model for us how to keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep it positive, keep the faith, and join together to be heard!
Speaker Biography: Louise lives in North Carolina and has been telling stories professionally since 1981. She comes from a multi-cultural family – she is Japanese-Buddhist on her mother’s side, Russian-Jewish on her father’s side and the mother of two African American teenagers. She has been the storyteller in residence for a number of projects focused on community members learning and sharing stories from the cultural and faith heritages, including The Five Faiths Project at the Ackland Art Museum of UNC-Chapel HIll and The Silk Road Project of the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Galleries. Louise is the founder of a river project called the Haw River Learning Celebration and the founder and artistic director of Clapping Hands Farm, an arts and nature camp with a no one turned away scholarship program.