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Ex Fabula: Volunteer Appreciation Week

Art Montes
Kevin Barry sharing a story.

Credit Michele Kieweg
Karen Kohlberg up on stage.

It seems like just yesterday that we were writing our New Year’s post and here we are getting ready for our last Ex Fabula Story Slam of the season. You’ve got one more chance to keep that resolution to “try something new” and put your name in the storytelling hat (we always make time for newbies). Next week, April 16th at Hot Water Wherehouse, we’ll “Do the Math” for our last slam of the season. If you’ve done the math, you’d know that we’ve sold out every show of 2015 so get your ticketstoday!

As a non-profit organization, Ex Fabula would not exist without our dedicated volunteers. From databases to flyer distribution to stage managers, our volunteers are the foundation of our organization. April 12-18th is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and we say, Thank YOU to all of our tireless volunteers both in front of and behind the scenes. We wouldn’t be here without you.

This week, we are sharing two very moving stories by two very important volunteers. Our first story comes from Kevin Barry, who shares a moving story about the powerful influence parents do play in our character development. Our second storyteller (and volunteer extraordinaire), Karen Kohlberg, shares a vivid story of waking after emergency brain surgery to find herself voiceless and motionless and the inspiring way she used poetry to regain her voice as she learned to regain her body.

On April 18th, Ex Fabula is honored to be working with the Milwaukee County Department of Aging and Wisconsin Public Television to present Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams: Establishing our Future: Garnering from the Past. This intergenerational panel discussion and audience talk back inspired by the documentary VelPhillips: Dream Big Dreams. This interactive event will share information about the history of the Civil Rights Movement to educate youth about the past to help them successfully move into the future. The event is free but seating is limited. Registration is required.

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