Storytelling Phenomenon–The Moth Inspires The Willows & Our LA Community

The Moth,which has presented thousands of stories to worldwide audiences, brought its magic to The Willows and our extended Los Angeles community on October 10.

Moth Director of Education and Community Programs, Micaela Ble's uplifting keynote, Storytelling for Empathy and Engagement-An Innovative Strategy for Child Development, inspired audience members to share stories with families, friends, or students.

This talk focused on the art and craft of storytelling, and how personal narrative performance and the crafting of stories can create a powerful context in which to explore together the emotional and critical work of learning and life.  Ms. Blei drew on her seven years of experience as a Moth educator, curriculum designer, and GrandSLAM champion storyteller to present Moth storytelling as an innovative strategy perfect for parents, students, and educators.

Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 35,000 true personal stories, told live, without notes, to audiences around the globe. The Moth produces approximately 600 live shows each year and has an ongoing presence in 29 cities worldwide. In addition, The Moth Podcast is downloaded over 52 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, is heard on over 475 public radio stations globally.Learn more at

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