The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida Grant Project – “The Picture in the Story”

Tale Tellers of St. Augustine Awarded School Based Art Grant


St. Augustine, FL– Kathy Duffy, President of Tale Tellers of St. Augustine, Inc., announces the receipt of grant funds in the amount of $2500 for a new storytelling program available to the City of St. Augustine elementary schools during FY17-18. The project entitled “The Picture in the Story” – Elementary School Based Program” is supported by a grant from the Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Now in its 53rd year, the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida ( is Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation. The Foundation works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community – helping donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helping nonprofits serve the region effectively, and helping people come together to make the community a better place. The Foundation has more than $344 million in assets and has made grants in excess of $410 million since 1964.

Tale Tellers of St. Augustine is now celebrating its 25th year of operation offering unique entertainment and development opportunities for future storytellers. In the spirit of renowned Gamble Rogers, local raconteur, musician and storyteller, the guild of trained professionals keeps alive the gift of the oral traditions of telling tales.

The goal of the new elementary program is to teach visual arts while using the spoken word to guide the creative process. Specifically, Tellers will present 11, one-hour, classroom workshops in several St. Augustine elementary schools. Workshops will be taught by select members of the TTSA, who are not only professional tellers, but also have backgrounds in visual arts and experience working in the classroom. A designated teller, during a one-hour session, tells a story and helps each student in a single classroom of K-5 level to create an individual or collaborative piece of original visual artwork. The artwork will be based on the spoken word story shared by that teller. Participating schools and/or classrooms will be encouraged to display the artwork. Each one-hour session in a classroom setting will include the performance of a short story, discussion and instruction, and the completion of individual or collaborative works utilizing an inexpensive, familiar medium.

Chris Kastle, Program Director, will coordinate scheduling and connect interested St. Augustine elementary schools in participating in the program. Please contact Chris by email at or 773-576-7245 to find out more information to get enrolled and involved with the Tale Tellers of St. Augustine.

Tale Tellers of St. Augustine is a performing guild devoted to the advocacy of storytelling as an art form and entertainment medium. Founded in 1993, the performing guild is a Florida not-for-profit corporation and has a 25-member collective of professional storytellers and storytelling enthusiasts supporting performances throughout the year at the Limelight Theatre, public libraries, the Florida Storytelling Festival and other venues. To learn more visit