ASE (ah - SHAY), is a term from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa. ASE affirms, as we express our spiritual devotion, that there is power in our words; not just the words we speak, but the words and feelings we express in our stories.
The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers is to function as the Chicago affiliate of the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS), and to promote the art-form of storytelling. Through efforts to educate, entertain, and inspire, members will assist in keeping alive the African-rooted cultures of the world through the power of the word. Members of ASE are committed to guiding and developing youth in the ageless art of storytelling as well as cultivating and promoting community partnerships.
Christ The Mediator Lutheran Church
3100 S. Calumet Ave., Chicago, IL
This storytelling concert is a community partnership fund-raiser where ASE’s charitable giving benefits The National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS), and one an other organization or group that selected by community partner, Christ the Mediator Lutheran Church chooses to award.
A separate performance by the ASE Youth Ensemble group is also held in conjunction with this concert prior the Adult performances.
Love offerings accepted.
Are you looking for a storyteller to share stories from the African American experience? You’ve come to the right place! ASE members tell at schools, festivals, museums, libraries, colleges, and at special events all over Chicagoland. Many are also available for programs throughout the United States.
Whether you are a person who enjoys just listening to stories, wants to share telling your own stories, or wants to learn how to be a better storyteller, ASE is the organization for you.
Each month on the second Sunday, we begin our meeting with storytelling presentations from members and with the storyteller's consent, we offer constructive feedback. Over thirty ASE storytellers are eagerly awaiting to be helpful as your storytelling partners.
Please communicate with us via our contact form to request specific information about events and the ASE organization.
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The November conference pre-festival gala is supported in part by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.