Highland County Arts Council April Storytelling Performance


Sheila Arnold has a talent for storytelling, a passion for history, and compassion for people. The Highland County Arts Council is thrilled to present an evening of storytelling featuring Arnold on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at The Highland Center.

Arnold provides storytelling, historic character presentations, Christian monologues, and professional development for schools, festivals, churches, and organizations nationally and internationally. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Artists Standing Strong Together (ASST) a source of inspiration, strength and action in the storytelling and artist world. Arnold has been honored as a 2021 MacDowell Artist Fellow, a 2020 Mt. Vernon Research Fellow and a 2019 Hewnoaks Artist Colony summer residence Noted Artist.

As a historical consultant, Arnold has worked with Montpelier in the creation of the script, along with arranging performers and coordinating and assisting in voice-over for their short film, “The Mere Distinction of Colour,” a part of their African American exhibit. She also created scripts for Montpelier’s recreated buildings as portrayed by the enslaved persons on site. She has also worked in creating scripts for the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad project, and collaborated with Abigail Schumann in creating a theatrical reading for the premier of historian Edward Ayers book, “The Thin Light of Freedom.”

Arnold has published two books: a picture book, “Weeping Willow, or, Why the Leaves Change their Colors,” and an historical fiction book using biblical persons, “David’s Mighty Man: Benaiah.” She also has two storytelling CD’s, “Mini, Many, Minnie Tales” and “Hands Wide Open.”

Come out to the April 13th 2nd Saturday @7 storytelling performance for an evening of great entertainment with Sheila Arnold.

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Brit Chambers

Brit Chambers is a resident of Highland County, Virginia and a news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She loves living in a small town and relishes the outdoor adventures and community feeling that Highland has to offer. Brit has a background in journalism, marketing, and public relations and spends her free time reading good books, baking sourdough bread, and hiking with her family.

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