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You Can Become Part of the Story…

"The sharing of stories is what makes us human.  It is the spoken word that is the door to all of the beautiful, terrible, wondrous, and astounding things we have done."

– Bill Harley, storyteller

Interested in becoming a part of the Ojai Storytelling Festival?

Of course, we’d love to have you. For the last eleven years the festival has been offering programs for students, families, and adults featuring some of the brightest stars in storytelling. The Ojai Storytelling Festival gives peoples a chance to learn about other cultures, offers families experiences they can enjoy together, and elevates the art form of storytelling.  The festival definitely builds a sense of community enriching the lives of those that attend.  With the current economic crisis, we are calling on our patrons to support the festival in a much bigger way than ever before. Ticket sales at the festival do not cover all the expenses incurred by the event. We need your help more than ever.

The Ojai Storytelling Festival Touches Many People 

It’s Educational - Over 2,000 students in grades Pre-K-12 attend outreach performances at Libbey Bowl and the Ojai Art Center.

“I can’t express strongly enough the power of the spoken word to enrich a child’s vocabulary, listening skills and love of stories. The storytellers at the Village of Tales had my students laughing, clapping, singing and anxiously awaiting the outcome of their tales.  Children today expect so much information to be handed to them: shown to them on the tv screen.  Many have not learned to use their own imaginations to create pictures in their minds.  Storytelling offers students a format for listening and understanding stories with some visual aides, but yet leaves some pieces up to the imagination.”

– Karen Dingman, Second grade teacher

It’s Inspirational

"I am still floating from the weekend of storytelling. I cannot thank you enough for making it happen. I just happened to find out about it by accident… a wonderful accident. It was an amazing and uplifting experience. I cannot wait for next year.”

– Carol Stern, audience member

"The Ojai festival is to storytelling what Sundance is to film. If it’s rare and magical and quirky… you’ll find it at this wondrous gem of a festival."

– Carmen Deedy, acclaimed storyteller/author

Here’s How You Can Become Part of the Story…

Sponsorships for the Ojai Storytelling Festival

The Legend - $3000 Choose a storyteller to sponsor throughout the festival. Your donation supports performances for students, families, and adults throughout the weekend.

What is included in this sponsorship:
  • Recognition on the website
  • Recognition on our sponsor board posted at the festival entrance
  • Recognition by the emcee from the stage prior to
    each of the 20 performances
  • Recognition on the schedule handed out to attendees
  • You receive 2 Everything Passes (admission to all events)
  • You and a guest get to attend a lunch with all the storytellers
  • You and a guest attend the opening night reception with
    all the tellers and donors
  • You receive 7 signed CD's from storytellers at the festival
The Saga - $1500 Choose an evening show to sponsor. On the website it will read "This event made possible by a donation from You."

What is included in this sponsorship:
  • Recognition on the website
  • Recognition on our sponsor board posted at the festival entrance
  • Recognition on the schedule handed out to attendees
  • You receive 2 Festival Passes (admission to all performances
    except Naughty Tales)
  • You and a guest attend the opening night reception with
    all the tellers and donors
  • You receive 3 signed CD's from storytellers at the festival
The Folktale - $1000 Choose an daytime event to sponsor. On the website it will read "This event made possible by a donation from You."

What is included in this sponsorship:
  • Recognition on the website
  • Recognition on our sponsor board posted at the festival entrance
  • Recognition on the schedule handed out to attendees
  • You receive 4 tickets to either Laughing Night or Under the Oaks
  • You and a guest attend the opening night reception with
    all the tellers and donors
  • You receive 1 signed CD from storytellers at the festival
The Proverb - $500 Your contribution makes it possible for 60 students to attend one of the outreach performances for free.

What is included in this sponsorship:
  • Recognition on the website
  • Recognition on our sponsor board posted at the festival entrance
  • You receive 2 tickets to any daytime event of your choice
  • You and a guest attend the opening night reception with
    all the tellers and donors
  • You receive 1 signed CD from storytellers at the festival
Storytelling Supporter Your contribution of any amount helps support the festival.

As a sponsor of the Ojai Storytelling Festival you can have a huge impact on the event and on the community at large. Your sponsorship can help enrich, educate and entertain children, parents, teachers, aspiring tall tale tellers and many, many others. It can help bring us all a little closer together, by showing that -- as individuals and families -- we were never really that far apart to begin with. We share the same dreams, the same aspirations...and the same stories!

Whether you are an individual, a family, an organization, a business, or a foundation, you can make a sponsorship donation through a variety of sponsorship levels. Just contact us at ojaistorytellers@gmail.com. We’ll send you a brochure which covers both Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities.