The Columbia Museum of Art presents the first-ever Soda City Story Slam on Thursday, June 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Based on the popular podcast The Moth, the Story Slam features local storytellers sharing brief autobiographical stories on the theme of “memory” in celebration of the museum’s Daufuskie Memories exhibition.
“This is Columbia’s first locally grown, free range Story Slam!” said host Shannon Ivey, a professional actor, director, and activist. “Sixteen storytellers from Columbia and neighboring communities are bringing original, never-before-heard stories at an incredible price for the evening. I will be artfully curating the experience, and I know that audience members will leave with their minds, ears, and hearts full of love and compassion for their neighbors.”
The lineup includes such local luminaries as clinical psychologist Napoleon Wells, photographer Michael Dantzler, poet Chayah Stoneberg and artist Worthy Evans.
“To us, a story slam seemed like the perfect way to hear personal perspectives from people in our community,” said Glenna Barlow, manager of engagement at the CMA. “When you see a show like Daufuskie Memories, you start to wonder about the people in the photographs and what their lives have been like. While we do have some opportunities to hear firsthand accounts from locals on the island, we wanted to also hear from people right here in Columbia today and the stories they have to share.”
Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges: filmmaker Roni Nicole Henderson, the Nickelodeon’s Seth Gadsden, and SCETV’s Betsy Newman.
For tickets and more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.