Welcome to Traveling Tales

Welcome! Traveling Tales is a pilot program that brings storytelling, puppetry, & film to youth in the El Dorado County region. All elements of the film are designed and created by our project artists.

About See the elephant

At See The Elephant, we believe the creation of live performance is a journey itself; to seek in the place that we live an active engagement with each other that takes us beyond our comfort zones & speaks to a shared humanity. Our mission is to make performance more accessible to our region by providing professional artistic opportunities and building partnerships that foster deeper engagement.

In 2020, we received a grant from the California Arts Council to launch Traveling Tales, a pilot arts program. Due to Covid-19, we adapted our program to reach local youth and families virtually. In 2022, we partnered with Placerville Boys & Girls Club to provide workshops to local youth and made 3 short films based on participants’ original stories.

Traveling Tales connects artists with local youth through the power of storytelling. Using the folk-tale / fairytale genre, we invite youth to write their own original stories and bring these to life through puppetry & film.

Moving forward, we will continue to offer productions, performances and educational resources to the youth in our region. We hope this space will serve as a hub for youth to share their creative projects, and help us to understand and celebrate our community in a new way.

Submit or view your project.

Traveling Tales is a place for creative storytelling. With the help of an adult, try your hand at creating a movie poster or book cover, designing characters, writing an original story, or making puppets. Make a recording or take a photo and share it here with us. We will post your work so that we can see one another’s creations. In this way we can experience and celebrate all our stories. We look forward seeing what you make!