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We need your help! Our goal for 2014 is to raise $18,500 for special cultural, educational and community-building components that will enrich our four-day festival & conference. Many thanks to our  major supporters: The Illinois Arts Council, The Northlands Storytelling Network, Illinois Storytelling Inc., Ted Parkhurst Publishers, and The University of Chicago Logan Center. Here's what we have planned:

Cultural Concert ----- On Wednesday, November 12, ASE will host an evening concert at The University of Chicago’s Logan Center. Chicago’s best professional jazz, blues, and spoken word artists will perform. This kind of artistic collaboration, which explores the many ways to tell a story, is a special feature that you don’t want to miss! We hope you will want to join us! 

Community Engagement ----- If underserved communities can’t come to our conference at the Hilton Hotel in Oak Lawn, we will go to them! ASE will send storytellers into libraries, correctional facilities, after-school programs, and elementary, middle and high schools. We will present workshops and share African and African American history and stories that promote respect, responsibility, and cooperation.

Educational Experiences for Area Youth ----- ASE will sponsor a youth tour of area museums including the DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Pullman Porter Museum dedicated to the contributions made by African Americans to America’s labor movement. This will culminate in an event where our youth participants will create their own historical stories.

Note: Each contribution category includes all benefits of preceding levels*
*(Donors at the $100 or above level will be contacted about story CDs and concert tickets)
     
  $25  Listing in Festival and Conference Souvenir Journal
  $50  Above plus acknowledgement on ASE website
  $100  Above plus storytelling CD
  $500  Above plus acknowledgement and/or logo on NABS website // Two concert tickets
  $1000  Above plus contributor recognition on all media & publicity // Two additional concert tickets (total = 4) Invitation to NABS pre-conference and reception // On-site signage // Reserved seating
  $2500  Above plus sponsorship recognition on all media and publicity // Full page ad in Souvenir Journal Concert from ASE member // Four additional concert tickets (total = 8) with reserved seating
  Other $  We're happy to have your support at any level!