Our History

STEAP has been delivering successful arts programs since 2012. Our volunteer board has a passion for education, arts, and storytelling. We are dedicated to inclusion and diversity. We have a proven track record of fiscal management, arts administration, program development and delivery. As a non profit, we serve others through art, education, and storytelling.

We have received various regional and local public grants, grass roots grants from the Arts Council of Henderson County, and private grants. We have delivered 60+ programs in schools and communities for racial and economically diverse audiences from children to senior citizens. We have produced 8+ multi-day events & storytelling festivals (Do TELL STORYFEST)  featuring diverse tellers and performers serving over 13,000+ children and adults in 11 years.


Our New Vision- Virtual and Live Storytelling

In 2020, due to the pandemic our format changed, and we began our journey into virtual storytelling performances. We created and delivered 14+ videos (many in both Spanish and English) for NC's Henderson County schools and the library system for 2100+ kids.  These videos were so good other schools in California and New Zealand requested access. All performing artists were black or Hispanic as STEAP has both a history and goal to serve and employ diverse groups. These videos are available free under our resources page.


These new relationships with artists helped us deliver videos, YouTube, & films as virtual programs. A grant helped us invest  in state of the art film equipment. We have developed expert relationships to produce films about culture, heritage, and artists. We have a goal to raise public awareness of crucial social justice issues with our new vision and skills via artists. Our next projects will involve the Latinx community and a new film--- stay tuned!

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