The Ark’s 37th Annual Storytelling Festival

Sat
24
February 24 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

This event offers a mix of spoken word artists that are locally-based, and nationally-known. MC Steve Daut will kick off the evening with a story, with Lyn Ford to follow in the first act. After a short break, LaRon Williams and Paul Strickland will complete the evening. This event offers a range of storytelling styles, with tall tales, original stories, American folklore, and a twisted fairy tale. All in all, this is a night that has something for everyone.

$30
Sun
25
February 25 @ 1:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Master storytellers Lyn Ford and Genot Picor deliver an entertaining family-friendly show. These artists keep kids engaged through action, music, fun and funny characters, while celebrating the unique cultures and diversity of our nation.

$15, $10 kids 12 and under
Fri
23
February 23 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Liars have been around since the snake first hit it off with Eve. By some accounts, contests celebrating liars have been around since the 15th century, but these accounts may be apocryphal. Today, liars contests are held in countries all around the globe. The Second Annual Liar’s Contest at The Ark includes six first-class liars and six celebrity judges. The chaos wrangler and MC will once again be the amazing Amir Baghdadchi, keeping things lively and fun. The judges for the event each have a professional relationship to liars. Karl Fink is a retired District and Circuit court judge, and so has been around liars all his life, and that doesn’t just include the lawyers. Paul Strickland is a national storyteller who fibs for a living. Jennifer Conlin is Michigan State Representative for House District 48. So she’s a politician (mic drop).

$15
Mon
19
Special Event
June 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

How Do Activism, Music, and Education Occupy the Same Space? This Juneteenth, you are invited to an evening of conversation, poetry, music, and visioning as we welcome hip-hop and spoken word artist, Mama Sol. Sol will be joined in conversation by Yodit Mesfin Johnson. She serves as President & CEO of Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW). Be ready for an evening of interactive conversation with Mama Sol and Yodit, as well as live music and poetry.

FREE
Sun
26
Ford Fund Family Series
February 26, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Sunday’s matinee show will feature storytellers Bill Harley, Sheila Arnold, and Steve Daut in a program for families.

$15, $10 kids
Sat
25
February 25, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Saturday brings storytellers Bill Harley, Sheila Arnold, and Steve Daut. Bill Harley is a songwriter and storyteller whose commentaries have been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He’s equally at home performing for adults and for families, and a refreshing breath of fantasy is just around the corner in everything he does. Sheila Arnold brings stories, historic individuals, new ideas, new perspectives and old knowledge to schools, libraries, professional organizations, museums and churches. And Steve Daut is well known to Michigan audiences; he has adapted stories of Mark Twain to the storytelling medium.

$30
Fri
24
February 24, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Liars have been around since the snake first hit it off with Eve. By some accounts, contests celebrating liars have been around since the 15th century, but these accounts may be apocryphal. Today, liars contests are held in countries all around the globe, and The Ark is joining the fray with its First Annual Liars contest, which is part of the new and expanded 36th Annual Storytelling Festival. The event will feature six of the best liars in the region, each telling a ten-minute story and competing for highly valuable bragging rights, a crisp $100 bill, and a fabulous trophy for the winner! Each of our distinguished celebrity judges has a special relationship to the fine art of prevarication.

$10