The New Jersey Storytelling Network [NJSN] was founded in February 2002 as a New Jersey non-profit organization and gained 501c3 status in October 2007. The purpose of the network is to encourage and promote storytelling in New Jersey and elsewhere.
NJSN strives to expand the concept of storytelling to embrace all aspects of living and to promote storytelling for all ages.
- To collect and preserve the oral tradition
- To make storytelling events and storytellers readily available to the public
- To encourage storytelling as educational enrichment at all levels of learning
- To encourage and aid storytellers in the pursuit of their art.
- To foster storytelling with the potential to inspire, to enlighten & to entertain
The NJSN web site includes story events, resources and a directory of storytellers in New Jersey, connecting the public with opportunities to appreciate the art of storytelling.
Two annual Storytelling Festivals offer workshops and storytelling performances. In the Fall, the NJ Storytelling Festival at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton NJ. In the Spring, the CCM Storytelling Festival in Randolph, NJ.
Affiliation with The Folk Project collectively promotes the oral tradition in story and song