The Page Series at Saint Mary’s University will bring acclaimed storyteller and presenter David Gonzalez to the community for two free events on Monday, January 29.
At 1 p.m., Gonzalez will offer a storytelling workshop for all ages at the Winona Friendship Center, located at 251 Main Street. Inspired by a quote from StoryCorps founder David Isay, “Listening is an act of love,” Gonzalez will use StoryCorps’ techniques to guide participants in sharing and celebrating each other’s stories.
Then, at 3 p.m., Gonzalez will present a story time gathering for youth at the Winona Public Library, located at 151 West Fifth Street. This storytelling event will delight and educate children in kindergarten through fifth grade and their families.
Gonzalez, accompanied by pianist Daniel Kelly, will also perform two school matinee programs, “Aesop Bops!” and “Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World,” at the Page Theatre on Tuesday, January 30, on the Saint Mary’s University campus. Schools interested in attending may contact the Performance Center Box Office about availability.
Gonzalez is a professional storyteller, poet, playwright, musician, and public speaker. He’s a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department and recipient of the International Performing Arts for Youth Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence. Gonzalez has created numerous productions and performed his poetry project at colleges, festivals, and theaters throughout the country.
More information about these events is available at pagetheatre.org or by calling 507-457-1715 from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
Page Series activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
About Saint Mary’s Performance Center
Serving over 25,000 visitors per year, the goal of the Performance Center at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is to be Southeastern Minnesota’s premiere performing arts center, bringing artists and community together through imaginative programming, unique collaborations, a welcoming atmosphere, and exceptional service. The Performance Center strives to be the venue through which artists and community connect, where audiences can experience a variety of cultures through quality performances of music, theater and dance, and discover the relevance of the arts in their daily lives.