ON APRIL 7th, 2016, AN EMAIL LANDED IN THE MAILBOX, LETTING US KNOW THAT WE’D RECEIVED A PARENTS’ CHOICE GOLD AWARD FOR STRIKING UP GOLD MOUNTAIN, OUR AUDIO STORYTELLING PROJECT! THEN ON DECEMBER 6th, 2016, WE GOT ANOTHER EMAIL, TELLING US THAT WE HAD MADE IT TO PARENTS’ CHOICE’S “TOP TEN CDs OF 2016” LIST! THE ONLY STORYTELLING CD ON THE LIST!
Looking back on a 43 year career as a professional storyteller, B.Z. Smith watches the horizon:
“I was THERE when America’s Storytelling Renaissance began in the early 1970’s. Working in my small rural county in the children’s library, I started to ‘put down the book, and tell it with my face,’ as one child requested. That one moment changed my life.
Today I’m a proud member of The National Storytelling Network. What once was a handful of storytelling friends is today an international network of performers, educators, therapists, business leaders, spiritual leaders–All turning to STORIES and their immense power in our lives.”
Storytelling for the Next Generation…
BZ has five grandkids, so thoughts of the future drift to her mind a lot. How will tomorrow’s culture access and interpret the past? What will be the archetypical stories in a new world? How will today’s stories be a part of tomorrow’s world? It is now, and will be in the future, an artistic decision. The arts reflects our souls, our need to express our lives, and to connect with others.
I feel pretty blessed by all of this.