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    Help us raise $20,000 in honor of our 20th Anniversary year

    Your contributions allow us to showcase diverse perspectives and life experiences; to cultivate new talent in storytelling; and to use stories to entertain, enrich an understanding of the world, promote compassion, and highlight our shared humanity.  In the next three years, our vision is to develop programs in other parts of the region; recruit new storytellers and forge new partnerships with a focus on under-represented voices; continue our work with veterns, LGBTQ, and Latinx communities, and launch a new podcast that showcases this region’s amazing talent.

    Doing this show was an incredible experience and one I will never forget.  -- First-time storyteller

    I think this is such a beautiful and inspirational gift to our community. -- First-time audience member at Out/Spoken

    Donate $50 or more and get this limited-edition Story District Game Cards

    with original art by branddave featuring 2nd Tuesday show themes from the last five years. Included in the deck are game ideas and rules to play storytelling games with friends and fam.

    Through the art of storytelling, we create a space for people to listen and be heard, connect with others, embrace different perspectives, examine one’s own own life, and explore what it means to be human. We are so proud and grateful to still be standing 20 years after the very first open mic storytelling show took place in 1997 at the Black Cat Club. In that twenty years we’ve trained thousands of new storytellers, built a thriving ecosystem for storytelling in the DMV, created a platform for diverse perspectives, challenged stereotypes and taboos, and worked hard to raise the bar for storytelling as an art form.