Every Child Has a Story Worth Telling.
At Young Storytellers, our mission is simple: we inspire young people to discover the power of their voice. Using one-on-one mentorship, public school students learn how to write original stories and see them brought to life. Thanks to thousands of volunteer mentors, actors, and classroom teachers, we serve more than 60 public schools in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Austin, AND NOW ARKANSAS! Reaching over 2,000 students in elementary, middle, and high school each year.
As a result, young people learn that their voice matters.
The first Arkansas Young Storytellers was in conjunction with Jefferson Elementary in Little Rock, Arkansas. This mentorship program resulted in "The Big Show" which debuted 10 original scripts written by the kid and mentor teams, and performed by local actors.
This program was partially funded by:
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At the ACS, we believe that if we provide filmmakers an arena to exhibit their talents, and film enthusiasts a healthy diet of quality programming, we can inspire more Arkansans to make and watch more films. By supporting filmmakers, festivals, theaters and young people interested in filmmaking throughout the state, we hope to create statewide network, pool Arkansas’s resources and be an umbrella organization that feeds all things film. We believe a rising tide lifts all boats.
To be a filmmaker, we have to connect to create. A painter needs a brush, paint and a canvas. A director needs a writer, a cinematographer, a sound mixer, production designer, editor, actors, distributors, and an audience. We cannot do it alone. This art form forces one to collaborate and thus, creates jobs. Filmmaking is unique in the arts in this way. It takes an army.