Storytellers Creative Arts was founded in 2002, by native New Yorker William Barnett. SCA is a Florida faith-based organization that uses the arts as a tool of transformation. The organization was born out of a vision that the arts have power to heal and transform lives.
In 2003, Storytellers Creative Arts relocated to Southwest Florida, later becoming a Florida non-profit. SCA combines Christian faith and the arts, creating opportunities for artists — of all talents, styles and genres — to reach out to each other, as well as to people who are in various ways challenged, to affect positive change and transform lives. Storytellers partners with numerous Southwest Florida based organizations, bringing hope and healing through creative arts. SCA comes alongside organizations such as the David Lawrence Center, St. Matthew’s House, New Horizons, and other local organizations. The outreach has extended to Georgia, Virginia and New York. Storytellers has a special interest and involvement in reaching people who battle addiction and they have created “Arts for Recovery” groups that bring hope and healing through the arts, prayer and Bible study. These groups meet in Naples on Saturday evenings.
The annual arts conference is a gathering of creatives for the purpose of inspiring artists to recognize
their God-given purpose to impact the world by utilizing their individual gifts and talent, transforming
lives. Over the years, Storytellers has featured nationally and internationally renowned artists and
speakers that have inspired and equipped the community with their art, performances and seminars. All
areas of the arts – music, visual and performing arts, writing, dance, etc. are topics of discussion, with
hands-on creative expression.
Storytellers believes that there is no greater influence in shaping culture than the arts. “We are
passionately committed to the vision of “transformed lives through the arts” and fulfilling the mission
of “empowering and equipping artists to heal broken lives and elevate culture.” Bill Barnett, President.
Storytellers has three initiatives: Community Groups – providing connection through small groups
and networking; Equipping – inspiring creativity through conferences, seminars, and community
projects, providing opportunities to serve and Outreach – mobilizing artists and those with a passion
for the arts to bring hope and healing to the underprivileged through creative expression.
Save the date: November 7, 2019 for the annual “Kaleidoscope of the Arts” – a colorful evening
of the arts, vision and stories of transformation. Event to be held at the Hilton Naples.Storytellers
invites all those with a heart for the arts and for those suffering from addiction, for the young, and
for underserved local communities, to an art-filled, colorful evening celebrating the healing power
of the arts.
For more information about Storytellers Creative Arts and its community programs, contact Bill Barnett,
president at 239.591.6649 or visit www.storytellerscreativearts.org.