Traveling Tales is a pilot program aimed at providing youth in El Dorado County with access to the arts. See The Elephant will create productions and performances and make these and arts education materials available at no cost.
Traveling Tales is, in essence, community based-storytelling with performances created in response to relevant issues and needs. We use puppetry and performance to ignite the imagination, lift spirits, and foster empathy.
Traveling Tales is a new program. Our first production, The Bluebird, The Fox Witch, & The Story of Stumptown was created during the beginnings of the pandemic & shelter-in-place, with artists often working remotely. Like so many, we had to find new ways to create in challenging times.
As we continue to grow we will offer more productions, video tutorials, and educational resources to our community.
To get started, first check out our Current Productions. There, you can watch The Bluebird, The Fox With & The Story of Stumptown. You can also access educational resources with creative activities, social-emotional learning guides, and video tutorials.
We hope that our productions and resources inspire you and help you to create and share your own stories.
Next, let your kid(s) get creative in crafting their own stories, characters, puppets, and more. Anything that they would like to share can be submitted and posted on the Traveling Tales website. In this way, we hope to build a community of creative storytelling.
See The Elephant is honored to have received an Impact grant from the California Arts Council. With this support, we have been able to continue developing Traveling Tales.
In the Spring of 2022, we offered free workshops to a group of students at Boys and Girls Club, Placerville. Students created original stories inspired by folktales / fairytales. We are currently transforming these concepts into puppet films – to be released in the Fall of 2022.