Havenwoods neighbors share the promise and heartache of a distinct community

Havenwoods neighbors partnered with Ex Fabula to tell their stories of righting wrongs and growing businesses, of old shopping trips and newfound love, as part of an event that highlighted a community that stands out beyond Milwaukee.

“People in this part of Milwaukee have figured out how to create communities and businesses and workplaces and parks that reach across boundaries of race, ethnicity and class in ways other parts of the city and nation have not figured out,” said Dr. Aims McGuinness, a historian from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, during the event.

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the 5 Storytellers and emcee Nelson Lopez

A Refugee Curated StorySlam Recap

A dedicated Ex Fabula volunteer, Sue Blaustein, attended the curated StorySlam “Refugees” at Haggerty Art Museum on November 2nd.  The coveted art museum on Marquette University’s campus was filled to the brim with audience members and Ex Fabula volunteers.  Here’s what Sue had to report on the special event.

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Shorts: Stories We Tell – Milwaukee Film Fest

This year’s Shorts: Stories We Tell is a masterful combination of storytelling and cinematography as wondrous and mesmerizing as we’ve come to expect from this Milwaukee Film Fest favorite. You’ll want to go with a friend because these shorts leave you not just wanting but needing to discuss (and probably Google) many of these little ditties. Continue reading “Shorts: Stories We Tell – Milwaukee Film Fest”


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Returning to the Milwaukee Film Festival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, well for us, anyway. Ex Fabula’s Season 9 starts on October 17, and the Milwaukee Film Festival starts on Thursday. September 28. We’re proud to be returning as Community Partners, to this wonderful Milwaukee tradition that brings people and communities together. Continue reading “Returning to the Milwaukee Film Festival”


Art, Stories, Power, Dissent

Ex Fabula recently joined the Chipstone Foundation at the Milwaukee Art Museum for a special storytelling workshop. First, Chipstone staff took attendees on a powerful and moving gallery tour of the nineteenth-century ceramics of David Drake and other artists of the African diaspora; then, participants brainstormed, structured, and shared complex personal, true stories of power, identity, ownership, resistance, and dissent.Continue reading “Art, Stories, Power, Dissent”


MKE Big Read: COURAGE

The Force was with us on May 4th as Ex Fabula took over the stage at Milwaukee Central Library’s Centennial Hall for the MKE Big Read Bilingual StorySlam. This year Ex Fabula was pleased to partner with Milwaukee Public Library for the 2017 MKE Big Read and our Storytellers showed some amazing “Courage” as they shared stories on this theme.Continue reading “MKE Big Read: COURAGE”


MKE BIG READ's book is In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Announcing Milwaukee Public Library’s Big Read

National Endowment for the Arts BIG READ logo with drawing of a book. Art works. Arts Midwest.We’re excited to collaborate with Milwaukee Public Library on the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  For the MKE Big Read 2017, Milwaukee Public Library will offer exciting events, programs, and discussions related to Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the ButterfliesContinue reading “Announcing Milwaukee Public Library’s Big Read”


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Ex Fabula Partners With Project Return and Marquette for a Night of Stories and Dialogue

Telling a personal story to an audience can seem like a daunting and nerve-wracking experience. It also has the potential to be a cathartic, impactful way to educate an audience on complicated and systematic issues. Ex Fabula has partnered with Marquette University and Project Return to bring a night of storytelling on the topic of incarceration to the Marquette campus. Project Return is a Milwaukee non-profit that supports recently incarcerated individuals as they transition from prison institutions to their respective communities. This event is part of Marquette’s Mission Week which will center on the topics of race relations, institutional, personal, and cultural racism titled “Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church”.

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detail of gold trim from Milwaukee Public Library

Secret Symphony Scheherazade with MSO

There’s something magical about the spirit of collaboration. It brings people from different organizations and backgrounds and unites them all around a common theme. That is the idea behind Secret Symphony, a unique Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra event that will take place this Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 PM at Milwaukee’s Central Library.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra LogoThis interactive experience will feature the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Middle East. The central focus is the legend of Scheherazade – a storyteller who told her sister tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba and other historical figures. Attendees can sample Middle Eastern delicacies, watch the talents of the ladies from Tamarind Belly Dancing, and listen to the sounds of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. 

Of course, since Ex Fabula is involved, there must be storytelling, right? Create some magic of your own at Ex Fabula’s UltraShort booth, where attendees can share stories on the theme “family history”. After the orchestra plays, we’ll read some of the best UltraShorts submitted and hear Rochelle Fritsch’s tale about her own journey towards discovering her family’s history.

Tickets are available on the MSO website. You can also learn more via this OnMilwaukee.com preview. See you there!


Waukesha Reads logo

Waukesha Reads 2016

We’re thrilled to partner with Waukesha Reads again to unite the community through great books! As part of the NEA’s Big Read, Waukesha Reads invites community members to read (or re-read) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and then explore the book through discussions, performances, and community events running September 30 – November 13.  Ex Fabula, as in the last 3 years, will present a Storytelling workshop and a StorySlam that explore one of the book’s themes – which will be “Loss of Innocence”.

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