"Inspire, Motivate, & Educate Youth"
Learning Through the Arts
Griots Storytelling Institute
Seated Row(l-r) Atty Barbara James, Jean Pouncil-Burton, Kamaria Cozart
Top Row- Rob Simon, Teketa Paschal, Angeline Edmondson, Kathy Neeley, Marty Hanks, and Ray Cozart.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
The Kansas African American Museum
601 N. Water
$5 per adult /$1 per child under 12
Friday, December 29, 2017
First Unitarian Universalist Church
7202 E 21st N. Wichita, KS
October 28, 2017
5pm - 7pm
"In the Tradition"
The African American Story:
From Chains to Wings
National Association of Black Storytellers
November 8-12, 2017
9100 E Corporate Hills Drive
Wichita, KS 67202
Once upon a time long ago, retired librarian Jean Pouncil-Burton became a storyteller. Parents and teachers brought their children into the library to a story time program. The children listened, laughed, and clapped, and she was hooked!
It was not long before she was invited to tell stories, in schools, churches, community organizations, etc… Therefore, she set out to learn as much as she could about the art of storytelling. She took some additional classes, attended workshops, conferences, festivals and one-on-one coaching sessions. In 1998, she discovered others with a common interest in the art, and Griots Storytelling Institute!
To believe in the power of love;
To believe in the dignity and worth of all creatures great and small;
To believe especially that children are people too, with a great capacity to make positive contributions to our world;
To believe in the power of story to teach, entertain, and to heal;
To believe that, as a storyteller, I am in a unique position to stimulate growth and changes in society.
Griots Board of Directors
About the Griots
The Griots Storytelling Institute was created in 1998 and received nonprofit status in October 2003.
The Griots Storytelling Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to providing educational storytelling arts in the inner city and the total community. We partner with other arts and cultural organizations to develop arts programs using character education stories to connect with youth and community members to teach
Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Caring, Self-Discipline and more through the art of storytelling.
The Griots Storytelling Institute is a group of storytellers committed to keeping the oral tradition of the ancient art form of storytelling alive. The goal is to use art to teach literacy, while inspiring and enabling all youth, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
The Story Telling Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donation to the institute is 100% tax deductible.
To strengthen education, preserve and renew the world’s fading cultures, and build peace and understanding among all people … focusing on youth in conflict.
The Griots have formed a collaborative partnership with the local school district to use storytelling to teach and present messages that:
Encourage students to stay in school
Convey values and teach moral lessons
Teach youth to recognize their unique gifts and talents
Influence young people to treat themselves and each other with dignity and respect
Through our work, GSI is creating new possibilities to animate the human spirit, enhance the imagination, and strengthen education.
The Griots use a variety of creative art expressions to reach individuals who have a variety of learning styles. We especially enjoy combining our love of child-like and imaginative literature with timeless wisdom in storytelling designs where performance and other arts are combined to present a unique learning experience. We also focus a great deal on working with youth to develop communication skills, social skills, and artistic skills so that those we teach can use their innate talents to produce original works that connect with audiences.
Griots Board of Directors
About the Griots
The Griots Storytelling Institute Mission Statement
The Griots Storytelling Institute is a group of storytellers committed to keeping the oral tradition of the ancient art form of storytelling alive. The goal is to teach literacy, while inspiring and enabling all youth, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Contact Information: Ms. Jean Pouncil-Burton
P.O. Box 20653 Wichita, Kansas 67208