• 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               Victorious Virtually
Monumental in Montgomery

And Now...
 will be
 "Back Home in Baltimore

November 2022

We are pleased to announce that members of the National Association of Black Storytellers 
(NABS) from across the nation are coming to Baltimore, MD, November 9 through November 13, 2022.

We will be celebrating Black Storytelling with our 40th 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, November 9-13, 2022.

A special highlight of our conference is our FREE Adopt-A-Teller (AATP), offering Performances to 
eligible venues beginning November 7, 2022, and a free public concert.

What is the Adopt-A-Teller Program?
The Adopt-A-Teller model began in 1991 in Horry Co./Georgetown Co. SC at the Ninth National Festival of Black Storytelling under the leadership of NABS 2nd President, Eleanora E. Tate. Since then, over 165,000 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 Hosts Adopt-A-Tellers?
Schools, libraries, museums, arts councils colleges & universities, cultural organizations, assisted living residences, community groups and more.

What is the criteria for Eligibility?
Our programs are FREE due to the generous funding of the National Endowment of the Arts and the Nora Roberts Foundation.

One or more of the following criteria are necessary:

  • primary audience members Black or African American
  • Title One school
  • primary audience members classified as low income

What Programs are Available?

45 minute Performances:  

  •  Single Live On-Site
  • Single Virtual Live Stream
  • Single Recorded
  • Back-to-Back Live On-Site
  • Back-to-Back Virtual Live Stream



Customized programs designed upon request.

Dates and Times are chosen after acceptance of application. Time slots are limited.
Selections of dates will be between November 7 and 12 on a first come, first serve basis.

What are the Virtual Platforms?

Venues may choose their own platform or choose The National Association of Black Storytellers' Zoom Platform.

NABS administration will conference with Venue Contact to detail virtual processes and determine platform engagement.

Tellers and an administrative facilitator will meet with Venue designee 20 minutes-prior to start of virtual program for sound and technical check.


  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 $50.00 per program is required.  Upon acceptance of application,  NABS AATP administration, will contact you.

Artistic Service    Program Rate   Application Fee
Single Performance On-site         0     $50
Single Live Stream Performance          0        $50
Single Recorded Performance  0     $50 
Back-to-Back On-site Performance   0     $100 
Back-to-Back Live Stream Performance  0     $100








Bunjo Butler 443-622-0273 
Karen Abdul-Malik 609-680-4831
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