The Facing Project to Hold Second Annual Storytelling Festival at Madjax and Cornerstone Park

A story performance from the inaugural A Midsummer Night's Narrative Storytelling Festival. Photo provided.A story performance from the inaugural A Midsummer Night's Narrative Storytelling Festival. Photo provided.

By: Amory Orchard—

Muncie, IN—On July 28th, The Facing Project will hold its second annual “A Midsummer Night’s Narrative Storytelling Festival” on the theme of Unity.

The festival begins at 5 PM and will include a Writers Fair with local authors, a meet and greet with celebrity storytellers and writers, opportunities for attendees to share their own stories through “Humans of Muncie” and an open mic hour, plus much, much more. Music throughout the festival will be provided by Cliff Ritchey, who will do a special storyteller’s version of his songs. Food trucks will be on hand from Sea Salt & Cinnamon and Speedy Dogs, with cold brews from The Guardian for sale in their tap room.

The main event starts at 7 PM where Muncie Civic Theatre actors will bring to life stories on unity from seven local celebrity storyteller and writer teams. This year’s pairs include: WaTasha Barnes Griffin and James Mitchell, Brad Daugherty and Ruthie Shellabarger, Angie Rogers Howell and Amy Leffingwell, J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman, Warren Vanderhill and Jim Connolly, Melinda Messineo and Molly Flodder, and Jay Zimmerman and Kelsey Timmerman.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for individuals under 18 (or students with a college ID). Tickets for a family of four cost $45. For an additional $20 donation, you’ll get a copy of WHERE AM I GIVING, a new book written by The Facing Project co-founder Kelsey Timmerman. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door the day of the event.

About the Event:

 WHAT: A Midsummer Night’s Narrative Storytelling Festival

WHEN: Saturday, July 28, 2018, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Madjax Maker’s Force, Cornerstone Park, and Fireman’s Park – 515 East Main Street, Muncie. Madison Street between Main and Jackson will be CLOSED for the event.



About The Facing Project:

The Facing Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. Founded in Muncie, Indiana, by J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman, the organization has connected writers, storytellers, artists, educators, and community leaders in over 100 communities across the country. Hailed by The Huffington Post, Harlem World Magazine, and Soul Train as one of three oral history projects to watch, The Facing Project provides a model, tools, coaching, and a platform for communities to arm themselves with stories to begin crucial conversations—neighbor to neighbor, community to community—by discussing solutions and exploring healing through their own narratives.

To learn more about The Facing Project, visit them online at