Arizona Storytellers at Tempe arts center offers vacation stories.


Six storytellers from the community will share stories around the theme “Vacations and Adventures” on Arizona Storytellers on Wednesday, August 10.

The Arizona Republic-sponsored show will once again be at the Tempe Center for the Arts, the 2022 home of the Arizona Storytellers.

Among the storytellers is Raquel Gomez, founder of a nonprofit organization that helps Black, Indigenous and other girls of color ages 8 to 12 learn about nature and outdoor activities.

“It’s important for the community to know about the participation gap between wilderness races,” said Gomez, who founded Atabey Outdoors in 2020.

“I would like to be the change in this world, part of that change is telling my story so people in my community can see that we appreciate the outdoors.”

Gomez is Dominican and Puerto Rican. When she joined the Girl Scouts at age 10, she quickly realized that none of her peers looked like her, she told Arizona Republic reporter Shanti Lerner . This realization at a young age led her to embark on a career in youth development and promoting access to outdoor recreation for children of color.

Thomas Chiang is a lawyer in Phoenix.

Other stories tonight:

  • Lawyer Thomas Chiang will share how he humorously discovered that there is a difference between a vacation and a trip.
  • John Dunlap, school counselor, saw his childhood move from the Flagstaff neighborhood to high-end vacation rentals.
  • Human resources specialist Matthew Knotts was 8 years old when he took a hectic family trip to an amusement park.
  • Words from a past relationship echoed in the mind of Arizona Republic reporter Caitlin McGlade until a work trip gone wrong helped her see things in a new light. .
  • After graduating from college in 2001, photographer David Wallace traveled the Pacific Crest Trail that shapes his outlook on life to this day.

The show will be hosted by Storytellers founder Megan Finnerty. This is the Arizona Storytellers’ fourth in-person event following the COVID-19 closures. More than 300 people attended the “Neighbors” themed show in June.

All stories are true, first-person accounts. Storytellers are mentored by Republic reporters and instructors from the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College.

Two more Arizona Storytellers shows are scheduled for 2022. The themes and dates are: “Food and Family, Oct. 12; and “Vacation”, December 14.

The Tempe Center for the Arts’ COVID-19 policy makes face masks optional. No proof of vaccination is required. Also note that, as Storytellers nights generally sell out, tickets can only be purchased online and will not be sold onsite.

Arizona Storytellers: Vacation

Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

When: Wednesday August 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $12 and can be purchased online only at No tickets will be sold at the door.


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