Performers at an Asé Storytelling event.

Storytelling for a Cause (August 16th, 2pm)

Christ The Mediator Lutheran Church

3100 S. Calumet Ave., Chicago, IL


This concert is a community partnership fund-raiser where ASE’s charitable giving benefits our parent organization, The National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS), and an other organization or group selected by community partner, Christ the Mediator Lutheran Church. No  ticket sales, however, we do ask for a love offering donation.

A performance by the ASE Youth Ensemble is held in conjunction with this concert prior the Adult performances.


Storytelling for a Cause 2019 Recipients






Annual Concerts (Coming in September)

This is where you will again get to experience outstanding storytelling by a variety of ASE adult tellers. Added to the show will be an entertaining performance by a Special Guest Artist. We also award our traditional “Culture Keeper Award” to a person or group who has made a significant contribution to the empowerment and/or enrichment of African American people. This is ASE’s biggest fund-raiser for the year.

(ASE Youth Ensemble annual concert to be announced)


Pre-Kwanzaa Concert (Coming in December)

Through stories, songs and a Kwanzaa presentation, this family friendly event familiarizes attendees with the spirit, rituals and seven principles of Kwanzaa. ASE adult and youth tellers join together to shape this concert and presentation. Free to the Public


Additional Performances

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  • ASE Annual Concert 2018

    Photographer: Donald Rankins

  • ASE Annual Concert 2017 Lifting Up Tradition

    Photographer: Donald Rankins

  • ASE Youth The Great Migration

    Photographer: Donald Rankins

News and Events


How to Celebrate Telling Your Story


Mathers More Than A Cafe is closed. My event will be rescheduled when they reopen. Alice Collins.

March 23, 2020

Mathers More Than A Cafe

33 E. 83rd Street.

Chicago, IL

2:30 PM

Suggested donation is $5



The Kings and Queens of Poetry


The Kings and Queens of Poetry 10 Year Anniversary Featuring Loretta “Firekeeper” Hawkins

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 11 PM

Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W 111th St Chicago, Illinois 6065

Tickets are $25

April 4, 2020

Beverly Arts Center

2407 W. 111th St.

Chicago, IL

6:30 PM




Soul Stories


Dhamana Shauri is performing in "Soul Stories", celebrating  Women's History Month at the Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Avenue, Evanston IL 60202. 1-4p. Tickets are $15 for admission only. Food/Full Bar is  extra.

March April 19,  2020

Firehouse Grill

750 Chicago Avenue

Evanston, IL

1:00 PM



Back Room Stories


Featured Tellers:  Baba Tony Brown


Baba Tony Brown is a storyteller-drummer and knows that love, passion and purpose in the telling make the difference.  Baba Tony has performed with his wife Kucha Brownlee at festivals, schools and libraries for over 18 years.  And, he bakes delicious cakes.

March 15,  2020

Oak Park Brewing Company

155 S. Oak Park Ave

Oak Park, IL

7:00 PM


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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.