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SMARTS Brings Storytelling for Adults to Modern Methods Brewery

Looking for a fun and educational way to be entertained this winter? Plan to attend SMARTS Stories a monthly, real life storytelling event hosted by Modern Methods Brewing Co., in Warren.

Becky Keck, President of SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts, is announcing this unique new adult program called “SMARTS Stories” to connect storytellers with live audiences. All the while enjoying a pint of locally brewed craft beer.

Emcee for the program will be W. Rick Schilling who holds a Master’s degree in performance studies from Southern Illinois University. “Almost everyone has a story to tell,” says Schilling, “…and ironically, adult storytelling events are growing in popularity at pubs around the country during a time when most people seem addicted to electronic devices for entertainment. SMARTS Stories will engage audience members and performers in one of the oldest, nearly lost art forms --oral storytelling.”

However, Schilling cautions that this is not the same as a stand-up comedy routine. All material performed must be from your own experience and without notes. No memorized scenes from plays or prose fiction permitted. Subject matter should not be intended to denigrate any group and performers should avoid profanity. All participants must be adults over the age of 18.

Modern Methods Brewery is located at 125 Dave Grohl Alley in Warren, Ohio. Doors will open at 7:00 PM for this private event which will take place on the second Wednesday of each month beginning on November 14. Admission is $10 at the door. Proceeds will benefit SMARTS, your Community Art School.

Names of willing performers will be drawn from a hat and storytellers will be limited to 5 minutes. The audience will help select a winner each month. Winners will be invited back to an encore performance in the spring.

Schilling encourages individuals from all walks of life to attend and to share in the fun. “Incredibly compelling stories are often derived from events that happen in the course of people’s everyday lives as parents, police officers, clergy, journalists, retail clerks, students, teachers and care givers.”
For more information about SMARTS Stories contact Laura Makara, SMARTS Staff Administrator, 330-574-2787,

SMARTS community art school, located in Youngstown’s Ohio One Building, provides access and early training in the arts for our region's PK-12 youth with a focus on underserved populations. SMARTS engages public and private organizations, schools and artists in cooperative projects designed to enrich our community, promote student achievement, inspire self-discovery and impact cultural and academic literacy through fine and performing arts.
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SMARTS is a community-based art school, helping to bridge the gap during and after school with arts curriculum that is unmatched in the region - a place where culture, design, and self-discovery are uniquely intertwined.

At SMARTS, applications for classes are accepted year-round, and K - 12 students throughout the Valley are exposed to various arts programming - visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing - in a time when opportunity in those areas might otherwise be eliminated.

The SMARTS impact: School-aged children who flourish, and communities that thrive. Students engaged in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and twice as likely to graduate college.

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“Arts education fosters bright, creative, and socially engaged students who grow up to be our next leaders, parents, teachers, artists, and engineers. Their innovative ideas will shape industries; their creative thinking will find out-of-the-box solutions for a global society, and will provide students with a way to understand themselves and have a sense of belonging.”

- Jane Chu, NEA Chair

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The fabric of the SMARTS program is woven by individuals from various walks of life; yet, all share one common thread - an inherent appreciation for the arts. The result? A local tapestry bursting with talent and a love of learning, ranging from those with an affinity for theater to people who voice expression through writing and visual arts.

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The future success of SMARTS depends on the support and generosity of people like you!

Donations help fund operational costs at our location in the Ohio One Building and provide future programming in visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing.

Too often, children lose critical access to quality arts education as budget cuts eliminate art and music programs. Help preserve the spirit and legacy that learning in the arts provides, and consider making a donation to help SMARTS community-based art school continue its long-standing, positive impact on our community.

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In accordance with Internal Revenue guidelines, SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts is a 501(C)(3) and can receive cash donations. SMARTS has provided no goods or services to you in return for this gift; therefore, the full amount of the gift is a tax deductible contribution. Checks can be made to SMARTS and should include contact information including snail mail and email address.

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