January 24, 2011
The Kearney Storytelling Festival began in 1988 with a group
of storytellers under a large tent in a back yard. In 1990 it became a yearly tradition of
bringing professional storytellers to central Nebraska. Now in its' 23rd year, the festival has grown over the years to include national storytellers,
opportunities for tellers to present their stories in schools and even a
performance for mature audiences. This
year's festival was held January 17-22, 2011 and featured national storyteller
Rosie Cutrer, along with other national and regional storytellers.
Rosie Cutrer, a storyteller from Topeka, Kansas, is on the
Kansas Arts Commission's roster of performing artists. She has been telling
stories professionally for the past twelve years, presenting at festivals,
schools, libraries and museums. Her programs always include music while she
accompanies herself on the banjo as a break in between stories. Most recently
she had the honor of being chosen as a regional teller at the National
Storytelling Conference in St. Louis.
Rosie's presentation was
shared by video conference to Spalding Elementary School during the festival
with the help of ESU 10 and also recorded at the ESU 10 studio.