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WSU storytelling fest to get national award

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OGDEN — The Weber State University Storytelling Festival will be awarded the Western Region 2001 Service Award presented by the National Storytelling Network. The award is given to organizations that use storytelling to make a significant contribution to their communities. The award will be presented July 14 at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

The WSU Storytelling Festival is the only one in the nation sponsored by a university in partnership with local school districts. Each year it provides opportunities for four national tellers, more than 30 regional tellers and 80 student tellers to perform. It also offers workshops by national and regional tellers for community members, teachers, parents, high school and university students. Each year, more than 5,000 students from 44 local schools visit the festival. The WSU Storytelling Festival, now in its sixth year, is held each fall at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center and Peery Egyptian Theater. This year's event will take place Nov. 12-14 and will feature Shanta, who specializes in the stories and songs of the African people.