Adopt-A-Teller Program

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Fill out the online form. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of application. If your venue is unable
to pay via PayPal or if deposits are not allowed by your venue, please contact Bunjo Butler or Linda Gorham
(contact information below).

We were:

Blazin' in Baltimore
Phenomenal in Philly
On it in Oakland
Breakin' it Down in Berea

Culture-deep in Cleveland
Dynamite in Detroit
Kickin' it in Kansas
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Wordsmithin' in Winston-Salem 
Over the top in Orlando 
Rockin' in Rochester
Proverbial in Providence
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Rippin' it in Richmond
Lightin' it up in Little Rock
Magnificent in Minneapolis
Happenin' in Hampton

Champion in Chicago
Dazzling in DC
And Now...
 will be
unParalleled in Philly  
November 2016

We are pleased to announce that members of the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS) from across the nation are coming to the Philadelphia Metro Area in November 2016.

We will be celebrating Black Storytelling with our 34th Annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference.

Our three-day event includes workshops, storytelling concerts, a hilarious world-renowned liar’s contest, youth storytellers, and a dynamic scholars’ panel.

A special highlight of our conference is our week-long Adopt-A-Teller Program (AATP), November 2-6, 2016.

What is the Adopt-A-Teller Program?

The Adopt-A-Teller model began in 1992. Since then, over 135,000 students and adults have enjoyed our programs. Through AATP your venue has an opportunity to host an experienced, dynamic, nationally renowned storyteller at reduced rates and without the added expense of providing travel and lodging expenses.

Our tellers have a wealth of stories that celebrate African-centered traditions from around the world. For students, we offer workshops, performances, residencies, and customized programs. Our stories and workshops help improve listening, critical thinking, and oratory skills. They also enhance self-esteem and stimulate the desire to read. For teachers, parents, librarians and community service providers, we offer courses in storytelling and in the use of storytelling techniques as educational tools..

Who Hires Adopt-A-Tellers?

Schools, libraries, museums, colleges & universities, cultural organizations, assisted living residences, community groups and more.

Who Handles Transportation?

Hosts are responsible for providing transportation for the storytellers. This includes pick-up and return to the conference hotel, Wyndham Hotel, 400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. If Hosts cannot provide roundtrip transportation, a $50 to $75 fee will be charged.

What In-House Programs are Available?

  • Performances: Individual and/or back-to-back 45-minute shows. All performances have an audience maximum of 300.

  • Feeder site performances: Field trip setting at venues seating 400-600 students and/or adults

  • Workshops: 90-minute workshops on a variety of topics including:

--Storytelling as a Teaching Tool
--The ABC’s of Storytelling
--Library Story Time: Making it Work!

  • Residencies: One, two, or three-day artist-in-residence programs. Suggested topics include
    “Teaching Students to Tell Stories.” A typical one-day format includes a 45-minute performance
    (max 300 students) followed by up to three sessions with selected core groups of (max 30 students).
    Longer residencies will be adjusted as needed.
  • Customized programs designed upon request.

What are the AATP Programs and Fees during the Festival?


 Are free programs available?

Yes! A limited number of free programs are available with a $50 application fee thanks to a Challenge
America Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. If your venue population is predominately
African American, low income and/or if you are a Title I school, your organization is eligible.

Are AATP Programs available at times other than during the NABS Festival & Conference?

YES.  The AATP is available throughout the year.  For customizing and pricing please contact the AATP Directors listed below.


Bunjo Butler 443-622-0273
Linda Gorham  630-851-9415


A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of application. If your venue is unable to pay via the payment options or if deposits are not allowed by your venue, please contact Bunjo Butler or Linda Gorham.

Fill out  online form and pay the $50 deposit via the payment options. Thank you for participating in the Adopt-A-Teller Program.