October 24, 2022 | Main Spotlight: Examining the Thumbprints | By: Kiran Singh Sirah, President of the International Storytelling Center |
Downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee. Photo by Jay Huron.
The offices of the International Storytelling Center, where I work, are in a beautiful old building on Main Street in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee's oldest town. We're situated right next door to a perky log cabin called the Christopher Taylor House. Prominent, plainly marked, and meticulously maintained with funds from preservation grants, this structure is the oldest building in Jonesborough.
Examining the Thumbprints
I sometimes refer to the work of centering under-told stories as "examining the thumbprints." The phrase comes from an experience I had when I first came to the U.S. as a graduate student, about 10 years ago, when I was visiting a historic plantation near North Carolina. Of course the guided tour started at the "big house" where the white overseers had lived. We walked through these carefully preserved spaces, paying careful attention to the details of the architecture and the dining room sets that had been made of wood imported from England. We spent most of our time on that tour in the big house.
About the Author
Kiran Singh Sirah is president of the International Storytelling Center
(ISC), an educational and cultural institution dedicated to enriching lives around the world through storytelling. ISC organizes the world’s premier storytelling event, the National Storytelling Festival, and develops applied storytelling initiatives around the globe. Kiran has established a number of award-winning peacebuilding programs and was awarded the “Champion of Peace” recognition by Rotary International at the United Nations in Geneva in 2017. He believes in the power of storytelling to not only enrich lives, but also to bring balance, equality, and harmony to our world.
There is still time to join the International Storytelling Center for the 50th annual National Storytelling Festival — virtually speaking
! The virtual Festival begins October 28th
, after which you’ll have four weeks to watch a collection of shows and special events filmed live in Jonesborough. The world is a better place when we all make time to listen.#Blogs#MainSpotlight#EquitableandInclusiveCommunityDevelopment#Marketing,Communications,andEvents#NewsandStories