Deaf Storytelling Project

Ex Fabula, Milwaukee Public Library and Deaf community members began the planning for Wisconsin’s First Ever Deaf StorySlam in 2019, as part of the Gathering Art, Stories and Place project. This Deaf StorySlam went on to win the Associated Bank Trailblazer MANDI Award in 2020. In 2020, the Deaf Storytelling Project shifted online due to COVID-19; the virtual Slam attracted audience members from around the United States and Canada; videos of some of the stories shared are available on YouTube. The third annual Deaf StorySlam will be in September 2021.

For this project, workshops are led by Deaf storytelling coaches. All stories on stage are told by Deaf community members. At StorySlams, stories in ASL are interpreted into English and sometimes Spanish as well.

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