Kind Stories in Concert Nov 6th

  • November 6, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

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Kindness is having the ability to speak with love, 

listen with patience, and act with compassion.”

-Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Join the Healing Story Alliance for a special gathering to share and explore stories of kindness in its many faces and forms. Through folk tales and personal stories, we will dive deeply into multiple experiences of kindness. What is it? How does it impact us and our relationships to ourselves, to each other, to the world? Come and listen to “kind stories” shared by both professional tellers and community members and see what memories of kindness emerge for you. Featured tellers are Shiela Arnold, Doug Lipman, and Carrie Sue Ayvar.


Sheila Arnold has a talent for storytelling, a passion for history, and compassion for people. She provides Storytelling, Historic Character Presentations, Christian Monologues, and Professional Development for schools, festivals, churches, and organizations nationally and internationally. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Artists Standing Strong Together (ASST) a source of inspiration, strength and action in the storytelling and artists world. Sheila has been honored as a 2021 MacDowell Artist Fellow, a 2020 Mt. Vernon Research Fellow and a 2019 Hewnoaks Artist Colony summer residence Noted Artist. Sheila lives in Hampton, VA near her son, grandsons, and parents.

Doug Lipman began as a teacher of highly resistant adolescents with behavior problems. One day he told them a story; they responded deeply. Ever since, Doug has been helping others experience the power of storytelling: in their lives, in their efforts to empower others, and in their organizations. Doug has taught, coached and performed across the globe. The author of award-winning books and recordings, in 2017 Doug was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for “sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in North America.”

Carrie Sue Ayvar grew up surrounded by stories, Storyteller/Cuentista Carrie Sue Ayvar learned early on the power of the oral tradition and its capacity for healing, inspiration, education, and entertainment. An award-winning Storyteller, Chautauqua Scholar and a National Credentialed Teaching Artist she has been connecting people, languages, cultures, and curriculums in both English and Spanish, for over forty years.  She believes, like her Grandpa Nat taught her, that “It is hard to hate someone whose story you know.”

Special Guests: Community Tellers

Also featured will be Community Tellers who will share anecdotes of kindness from their  life and work.

Bonnie Eisenberg is Coordinator of Judaic Programs for The Jewish Association for Community Living which assists people with developmental disabilities to participate in community life through personal empowerment, community engagement, family relationships, and quality services enhanced by Jewish tradition.

Gladys Moreno Fuentes is a social worker and a counselor at Central CT State University. She provides clinical mental health counseling to assist her clients at the Counseling and Student Development Department as well as coordinating campus events with international, domestic and local speakers who addressed diverse subjects related to socio-cultural Latinx experience,  increased opportunity for multicultural education, enhancement of campus cultural competency, as well as supporting Latinx students’ sense of belonging at the institution.




Date & Time

Sun, Nov 6, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Healing Story Alliance

Healing Story Alliance is a not-for-profit, educational, arts organization which provides online resources and concert, workshop, and community programming in support of storytelling as a healing art.