Since 2003, March 20th has been known across the globe as a day to celebrate the art of oral storytelling, an ancient practice used to inform, entertain, and promote cultural traditions and values.
Though oral storytelling has been a long-held art form dating as far back to 700 BC, it's only recently become an annual global event. In 1991, Sweden began a national day for storytelling called “Alla berättares dag,” which translates to All Storytellers Day. This eventually led to the worldwide event we now know as WORLD STORYTELLING DAY.
Today, we encourage you to share stories at home as if you're sitting around a campfire. These stories could be ones you learned as a child yourself, new stories, or even stories in multiple languages. No matter what stories you choose to tell the most important thing is to HAVE FUN!
And if you need a little help try one of our a favorite improv games we play in class called STORY SPINE:
Once upon a time...
But, one day...
Because of that...
Because of that...
Because of that... n
And, ever since then...
In light of recent events, we thought it was important to tell you why CARE Actor was created.
Our vision is, and has always been, to use theater arts as a tool to foster kindness, love, and empathy in children so that they become conscious leaders of tomorrow. Through storytelling, we help them find their unique voice so that one day they can stand up for what they believe in. And yes, we love to get silly and have fun in the process too.
While our program is often filed under the category of a “recreational” activity or “enrichment” program, we see it as a vital asset in building a safer community. Many kids as young as four have told me they’ve been made fun of or bullied. So, we talk about it. We talk about how the parts of us that seem weird or odd to others are in fact a strength. We talk about the importance of valuing one another and embracing differences. We talk, write and act out stories as a way to express our innermost feelings.
CARE Actor stands for LOVE.
That means we love and accept all communities and types of people.
We believe in using our voice towards social justice, equality, and creating a safer world.
We believe theater has a transformative power to impact hearts and minds in a healthy way.
This is what we believe.
We hope you’ll continue to stand with us in these beliefs so that together we can make the world a better place.