Category: Fundraising

Something to Smile About

The Wren’s Nest is excited to announce that you can now support our organization when you shop on Amazon! 

That’s right. We are now a registered organization on AmazonSmile. This means that when you select us as your charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to The Wren’s Nest. It is the equivalent of a cash-back option on a credit card, but with the cash-back going to the charity of your choice.

Of course, we would prefer you to shop locally, especially at our West End neighborhood businesses that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic

However, if you are going to use Amazon for your shopping, you can now do so while helping us preserve Georgia’s oldest house museum and the home of Brer Rabbit.

How it works:

  1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com and sign-in or create your Amazon account.
  2. If you have created a new account, you will be directed to this landing page:
  3. In the box to “enter charity name,” type in “Joel Chandler Harris Association” (which is our official organization name) and then press search.
  4. This screen should appear:
  5. Press “select” and The Wren’s Nest will now be your charity organization!
  6. Remember that for us to receive the donation from your Amazon purchases, you need to go www.smile.amazon.com each time you shop!

 

 

If you already have an AmazonSmile account, to select The Wren’s Nest as your charity, you can follow this link

Alternatively, when you log into your account, hover your mouse over your currently selected charity (it should appear under the search bar at the top of the screen). A pop-up will appear with an option next to the name of your charity to change it. Then follow steps 3-6 of the above instructions.

We hope you will consider using AmazonSmile and have your future purchases make a difference towards preserving the art of storytelling.

It would certainly make us smile!

Support Our Virtual Storytelling Adventure

In the strange, tumultuous months since The Wren’s Nest closed to the public in March, our 100-plus-year-old institution has had to adapt and change repeatedly. One of those adaptations has been taking our programs virtual — including our regular Saturday storytelling. And, we have to say, these performances have certainly been a silver lining for us!

While Joel Chandler Harris may be the reason The Wren’s Nest was preserved as a museum, at the heart of our history and our mission is storytelling. We love our Saturday storytelling and the opportunity they provide to share these tales in the form in which they were originally told. We hated the idea of discontinuing them during our closure.

So we adapted. And on Saturday, April 18, we launched the first virtual storytelling session, livestreaming the performance on our Facebook page at 1 PM (our regular storytelling hour). Visitors to our page could watch, comment, and share in realtime. We are very grateful to our regular Wren’s Nest storyteller Chetter Galloway for agreeing to be our first guinea pig for the experiment.

Since then, we’ve had 10 online storytelling performances with eight different professional storytellers ,with another scheduled this Saturday with Wren’s Nest storyteller Gwendolyn J. Napier. You can find all the performances on our website or YouTube channel

Virtual storytelling has created exciting opportunities for us. First, we can now share the stories that entertained, inspired and taught so many (including Harris) to a wider audience than ever before. We can also introduce them to new audiences who may not have had access to Wren’s Nest storytelling in Atlanta. 

Second, we were fortunate enough to receive a matching grant from the City of Atlanta to help fund this program. In this fundraising campaign, the City of Atlanta has agreed to match each $1 up to $2,000. The campaign ends tomorrow, Wednesday, June 24th and we hope you will consider donating. All donations will go directly to supporting the professional storytellers performing for virtual storytelling. 

Gloria Elder performing, “Why the Sky is Far Away”
Barry Stewart Mann performing, “Coyote and Mouse.”

Third — and perhaps the most exciting opportunity for me personally — we have had the chance to share the talents of some professional storytellers who are new to us. With virtual storytelling, we reached out to the Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia and the Southern Order of Storytellers to enlist new performers for the virtual program. It’s been a delight to see the different, but equally talented performing styles and to infuse new stories into our Saturday storytelling. In addition to our beloved Brer Rabbit stories, we had a performance of a Nigerian folktale from Gloria Elder called “Why the Sky is Far Away.” We also had a performance from Barry Stewart Mann of a trickster tale called, “Coyote and Mouse,” which originates from the Native American and Hispanic traditions of Northwestern Mexico and the Southwestern United States. Stewart Mann even incorporated Spanish into the story, teaching our audience (and honestly, me) some new Spanish vocabulary.

But we are forever grateful to our Wren’s Nest storytellers for jumping on board with this program. Our regular storytellers — Esther Culver, Chetter Galloway, Akbar Imhotep, Gwendolyn J. Napier — have helpfully rolled with the new circumstances, figuring out how to do their performances online and, in some cases, mastering new technologies to make it happen. We are lucky to have them on our team. 

chetter-galloway
Chetter Galloway
Esther Culver
Esther Culver
Akbar Imhotep
Gwendolyn J. Napier

And we want you to get to know them better. So in addition to continuing with Saturday virtual storytelling this summer, The Wren’s Nest will be sharing interviews with our storytellers. The interviews will be released every other Wednesday starting on July 8, culminating in a longer interview with Akbar Imhotep in celebration of his 35 years of storytelling at The Wren’s Nest! 

As summer begins and reopening remains uncertain, we are glad we still have storytelling to look forward to on Saturdays. 

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