Performers at an Asé Storytelling event.

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Storytelling for a Cause (August 18th, 2pm)

Christ The Mediator Lutheran Church

3100 S. Calumet Ave., Chicago, IL


This storytelling concert is a fund-raiser where ASE gives back to its supporters and the community in general. No fee, but we do ask for a love offering. Donations are split between our parent organization, The National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS), and one other organization or group that Christ the Mediator Lutheran Church chooses to award. A separate performance by the ASE Youth group is also held in conjunction with this concert.


Storytelling for a Cause 2019 Recipients






Annual Concerts (September)

This is where you will get to experience outstanding storytelling by a variety of ASE storytellers. Added to the show will be an entertaining performance by a Special Guest Artist. We also award our “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. (Usually close to the date of the annual concert, the ASE Youth Group will also hold its annual concert).


ASE Annual storytelling Concert

“Story Walkin' and Rhythm Talkin'”

Friday, September 27, 2019

7:30 pm (adults) $20.


It's our 20th anniversary. Come and listen to the folktales and historical stories told by our ASE storytellers : Alice Collins,  Loretta Hawkins, Joanne Thomas and Lorenzo Young.  Our Tradition Keeper award will be presented to Timuel Black. Our featured musician is jazz saxophonist, Gerald Holden.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting Dolores Gordon at









ASE 2oth Anniversary Concert

“Story Walkin' and Rhythm Talkin' ”

Sunday, September 29, 2019

3:00pm. Adults $20/ Children $5


All the family is invited to celebrate and hear the powerful messages coming from our ASE youth and seasoned storytellers including Kucha Brownlee, Baba Mondrea and Emily Lansana.  Our featured musicians are the African drummers, Babu Atiba and Enoch Williamson.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by contacting Dolores Gordon at









Pre-Kwanzaa Concert (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. There is no charge to attend.


Additional Performances

ASE tellers often perform for local, regional and national organizations and festivals. Check our Home Page  for more information and come and see us in your hood. And please like us on Facebook so you can keep abreast of all of our upcoming activities.


Previous Events

A photo of storyteller, Alice Collins.

Alice Collins

A photo of storyteller, Loretta Hawkins.

Loretta Hawkins

A photo of storyteller, Joanne Thomas.

Joanne Thomas

A photo of storyteller, Lorenzo Young.

Lorenzo Young

A photo of Timuel Black.

Timuel Black

A photo of Jazz saxophonist, Gerald Holden's album cover.

Gerald Holden

A photo of a group of Asé Youth storytellers.

ASE Youth

A photo of storyteller, Kucha Brownlee.

Kucha Brownlee

A photo of storyteller, Baba Mondrea.

Baba Mondrea

A photo of storyteller, Emily Lansana.

Emily Lansana

A photo of drummer, Baba Atiba.

Babu Atiba

A photo of drummer, Enoch Williamson.

Enoch Williamson

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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.