St. Louis Storytelling Festival

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, ensuring it remains a top-notch, accessible festival for all, there are several options

  1. Please visit the Give Direct page
  2. Call 314-266-4833 to donate or to inquire about employer matching through your workplace
  3. Mail a check made out to "University of Missouri Extension" to: MU Extension, Office of Advancement–St. Louis Storytelling Festival, 109 Whitten Hall Columbia, MO 65211

2019 Festival Presenting Sponsor

Special thanks to the KRANZBERG ARTS FOUNDATION, our 2019 St. Louis Storytelling Festival presenting sponsor!


2019 Media Sponsor


2019 Festival Hotel


Other 2019 major festival sponsors include

Friends of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival 
Katy Land Trust 
Missouri Arts Council 
Missourian Publishing 
National Endowment for the Arts 
University of Missouri Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (IDE) 
University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Fine Arts & Communications 
University of Missouri–St. Louis Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center

2018-9 St. Louis Storytelling Festival Advisory Council

Lisa Overholser, Festival Director
University of Missouri Extension, Urban East

Ron Turner, Festival Co-founder
University of Missouri Extension (Emeritus)

Lynn Rubright, Festival Co-founder

Becky Walstrom, Past Director
University of Missouri – St. Louis (retired)

Nan Kammann-Judd, Past Director
University of Missouri – St. Louis (retired)

Lynne Beetner
Riverwinds Storytellers

Barney Bradshaw
Missouri Historical Society (retired)

Gk Callahan
University of Missouri Extension, Urban West

Patty Carleton
St. Louis Public Library (retired)

Allan Crean
UMSL Computer Education & Training Center

Jennifer King
Gateway Arch National Park, NPS

Becky Donovan
Missouri Botanical Garden

Jim Gerst
Storyteller / National Park Service (retired)

Emily Hahn
Missouri Botanical Garden

Annette Harrison

Sue Hinkel
St. Louis Community College, Meramec & Wildwood

Paul Kiel
Greater St. Louis Assocation for the Deaf

Marilyn Kinsella

Janie Lewis
University of Missouri Extension, St. Louis County

Donna Linn

Mary Lynch
University of Missouri Extension, Urban East

Gerardo Martinez
UMKC Institute for Human Development / Alianzas

Marla Moore
Lincoln University / St. Louis Urban Impact Center

Bobby Norfolk

Sherry Norfolk

Aaron Poelker
Missouri History Museum

Chanda Powell
Gateway Arch National Park, NPS

Kathy Schottel

Sahara Scott
St. Louis Public Library

Jackie Wright
Storyteller / Gateway Storytellers

Karen E. Young
University City Public Library


and to our Festival Friends – your support helps make this possible!



Edwilla Massey

James Baker

Gina & Dennis Ganahl

Laurie Kleen

Mr. & Mrs. John Mathes

Robert Norfolk

Lisa Overholser

The Sarah Community

St. Andrews Resources for Senior Living

St. Andrews Tower Grove Manor

Martha Stegmaier

Mr. & Mrs. Perrin Stifel

Martha S. Johnson Stohr

Sandi Sylver

Jackie and Glen “Papa” Wright



Clark Hickman

Karen & John Young

Kirkwood Library

Wendell Smith



Bill Miller, Sr.

Brentwood Library

Bob & Jan Jensen

UMSL Center for the Humanities



Allan Crean

Gateway Arch National Park

Gateway Storytellers

Joan Hensley

Lindenwood University

Lynne & Emmett Beetner

Lynn & Robert Rubright

Marie Casey Communications

MO-TELL (Missouri Storytelling)

Nan & Dennis Kammann-Judd

Patty Carleton

Riverwind Storytellers

Ron & Mary Jane Turner

Sue & John Hinkel


Story Spark


Edward Jones

Katy Land Trust

Mary Kay Menees

Midwest BankCentre

MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

St. Louis City Parks & Recreation

St. Louis Public Library


Teller of Legends

St. Louis Union Station Hotel

Nine Network of Public Media

St. Louis Public Radio – KWMU / 90.7 FM



Kranzberg Arts Foundation

Missouri Arts Council

Missouri Humanities Council


Meir and Gail Lazar

National Endowment for the Arts

University of Missouri Extension

University of Missouri – St. Louis


This Festival is made possible, in part, by grants from The Missouri Arts Council,

The Missouri Humanities Council, and The National Endowment for the Arts