"Inspire, Motivate, & Educate Youth"

Learning Through the Arts



Storytelling Institute

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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!

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
316-682-1909/ 316-641-4488