Adopt-A-Teller Program

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
Masterful in Milwaukee 
Sensational in San Diego
Triumphant in Tampa
Wordsmithin' in Winston-Salem 
Over the top in Orlando 
Rockin' in Rochester
Proverbial in Providence
Nurturing in New Orleans 
At it in Atlanta
Cipherin' in Cincinnati
Rippin' it in Richmond
Lightin' it up in Little Rock
Magnificent in Minneapolis
Happenin' in Hampton

Champion in Chicago
Dazzling in DC
Phat in Philly
Word Wingin' in Wichita
'Re-Verberating' in Raleigh
Monumental in Montgomery

And Now...
 will be

November 2020

We are pleased to announce that members of the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS) from across the nation are coming to  Richmond, Virginia area during the week of November 16, 2020.

We will be celebrating Black Storytelling with our 38th Annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference. Our four-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 16 – November 22, 2020

What is the Adopt-A-Teller Program?

The Adopt-A-Teller model began in 1992. Since then, over 161,000 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: Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 S.12th Street, Richmond, VA. 

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

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.

2020 Program Rates  

Standard Reduced Rates

*fees are estimated at 50% of cost value

Artistic Service                  Program Rate     Application Fee 
 *Fee is deducted from Total

Program Rate

Single Performance           $ 500       $ 75 
Back-to-Back Performances       $ 750     $150
Workshops           $ 650      $ 75


 $ 75
 $ 150
 $ 225
Feeder Site (single performance in 
field trip setting. Seating 400-600)    
     $  600   $ 75


  Free Criteria-Based Programming Rates

  A limited number of criteria-based programs for underserved populations are offered at no program cost due to the generosity of our funders. An application fee of $75.00 per program is required.  Please check the Application Form for eligibility criteria. 

This program has been previously funded by The National Endowment of the Arts and the Nora Roberts Foundation.
Artistic Service                                         Program Rate                  Application Fee

Single Performance                                        0                                       $75

Back-to-Back Performances                          0                                       $150

Workshop                                                         0                                        $ 75


For Applications CLICK HERE


Bunjo Butler 443-622-0273 
Karen Abdul-Malik 609-680-4831
[email protected]