Join MOCA and storytelling artist Sarah Abusarar from The Toronto International Storytelling Festival for an interactive two-hour workshop titled “Stories for a More Beautiful World.” This workshop was developed in honour of May Day (workers day) and will explore the ways in which we, as a community, can make the world a better place.
Through the use of “Kalila wa Dimna,” animal fables from the Middle East, participants will explore their role in the world. Abusarar will guide participants to deepen their understanding of the stories told through drawing, mural making, tableaus, role playing and music. The goal of this workshop is to empower its participants, particularly children, to see themselves as agents of change and to know that even the smallest person can make a difference in the world through the use of art!
The Toronto International Storytelling Festival (TISF) celebrates oral storytelling with traditional stories, personal true stories, poetry, and so much more. Promoting the sharing of values and cultures that connect us together, the Festival also honours the many cultural traditions that come together in Toronto—one of the greatest crossroad cities in the world. The TISF is produced by Storytelling Toronto, a Toronto-based charity that promotes and teaches the art of oral storytelling. The 2022 TISF runs from May 6-15, 2022 with events happening live at the Tranzac, online, and on demand until the end of the month. Check out the Festival website for a full list of events – all family programming is FREE!
Sarah Abusarar is a well-established storyteller, presenting both nationally and internationally at festivals worldwide. Many of her stories promote social change with a focus on Arab and balkan stories. In the past, Sarah has used stories in a therapeutic way with children in Palestinian refugee camps and with children awaiting deportation in Canadian refugee hotels. She teaches a course called “Storytelling as a Tool for Social Transformation.”