The Moth Inaugural Pop Up Porch Tour Drives Into Jackson, Mississippi
October 5, 2022
Global storytelling nonprofit The Moth, the team behind the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour and ultra-popular eponymous podcast, is pulling into Jackson on the inaugural Pop Up Porch Tour from October 5 - 9.
Inspired by the nonprofit organization’s origin — sharing stories on a porch during summer nights in Georgia — The Moth Pop Up Porch, presented in collaboration with General Motors, is a specially-built tiny house with a big porch and recording studio that will be parked for interested storytellers at the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Wednesday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 7 from 11 am to 7 pm and will move to the Mississippi State Fair on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 from 11 am to 7 pm. The Moth's pop-up will be free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Moth stories, learn to craft their own with the organization’s story directors, instructors, and producers, and mix and mingle with local storytelling enthusiasts.
“We are excited to be hosting The Moth for its second event in Jackson and look forward to supporting their efforts in showcasing our city’s rich storytelling history,” Visit Jackson Director of Communications Yolanda Clay-Moore said.
The Moth will host a Moth StorySLAM at Ecoshed on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 pm. (doors open at 7 pm). StorySLAMs are ticketed, open-mic, script-free storytelling competitions where anyone with a five-minute storybased on the event’s theme of “Crossroads” can take to the stage to share their story and compete for the title of StorySLAM champ.
“We hope that folks will come out and support their community through true, personal storytelling at The Moth PopUp Porch, The Moth Executive Director Sarah Haberman said. “We can’t thank GM enough for being our partner on our inaugural Pop Up Porch tour.”
With this traveling experience, The Moth seeks to uncover new, diverse stories and bring them to stages worldwide and, ultimately, to listeners on The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast. For the Pop Up Porch stop, The Moth is collaborating with MS Museum of Art,
Ecoshed, the Mississippi State Fair, MPB, Visit Jackson, The Tell Agency, and community partners at large to ensure the spirit of the town is woven into the fabric of the experience.
The Moth Pop Up Porch is presented in collaboration with General Motors. For more details, visit themoth.org/jacksonslam.