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.

A group photo of Asé Chicago Association of Black Storytellers.
A photo of four the storytellers of Asé.

The Mission of ASE

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.

Come To Our Concerts



21ST Annual Storytelling Concert of ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers




With the vibrant sound of drums, Ase: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers welcomes all to “Celebrate, Meditate and Rejuvenate.” This will be the organization’s first virtual storytelling concert. It will occur on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Ase’s Annual Concerts have been graciously hosted for several years at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. This year, however, all will be welcomed to enjoy the concert from the comfort and safety of your homes on Zoom. It will be most appropriate for guests 16 and older.


This is a FREE concert. (Any and all support to ASE, however, can be made by clicking the DONATE button at the top of the page.)


Learn more.

A woman performing at an Asé concert.
Asé Storytellers group photo.

Need A Storyteller?

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.

Are You A Story Lover or Interested In Becoming A Storyteller?

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.

Have more questions?

Please communicate with us via our contact form to request specific information about events and the ASE organization.

A Photo of  Storyteller, Emily Lansana.

© 2019 ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers, All rights reserved. PO Box 802834, Chicago, Illinois 60680


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.