Adopt-A-Teller Program 


We were:

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

Culture-deep in Cleveland
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    'Re-Verberating' in Raleigh           Victorious Virtually
Monumental in Montgomery
Back in Baltimore

And Now...

 will be

Sayin' Somethin' in Salt Lake City

November 2023

We are pleased to announce that members of the National Association of Black Storytellers 
(NABS) from across the nation are coming to Salt Lake City, Utah November 6 through 
November 12, 2023.

We will be celebrating Black Storytelling with our 41st 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 8-12, 2023.

A special highlight of our conference is our FREE Adopt-A-Teller Program (AATP), offering performances to eligible venues beginning November 6, 2023, 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 183,800 students and adults have enjoyed our programs. Through AATP your venue has an opportunity to host an experienced, dynamic, nationally renowned storyteller FREE and without the added expense of providing travel and lodging expenses (if eligible by criteria).

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, living residences, community groups and more.

The Venue is required to pick up and return the assigned Teller to and from the host hotel. (The teller needs to be at the venue 40 minutes before the designated start time.) Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, 150 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

        What are the criteria for Eligibility?

Our programs are FREE due to the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nora Roberts Foundation, and Utah Arts & Museums.

        One or more of the following criteria are necessary:

  • primary audience members “underrepresented," (ex. Black or African American)
  • Title I school
  • primary audience members classified as low income

        What Programs are Available?

         45-minute Performances:  

  •   Single 
  •   Back-to-Back
  •   Workshop

        Customized programs designed upon request.

        Selections of dates will be between November 6 and 11 on a first come, first serve basis. 
        November 6 to 8 dates and times are limited.

        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. The application fee of $75.00 is sponsored by Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Therefore, no fees are incurred by the venues.

        Upon acceptance of application, NABS AATP administration, will contact you.

Artistic Service    Program Rate   Application Fee
Single Performance        0  Sponsored
Single Workshop 0  Sponsored
Back-to-Back Performance 0  Sponsored





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