Arianna's stories weave a lively fabric, spun from the histories and present day realities of the faraway lands she has lived. She envisions the art of storytelling as a Story Tapestry. She creates her tapestry from the threads of her experience as an Ethnographer, Storyteller, Teaching Artist, Dancer, Musician, and Photographer. Each of her programs integrates the strands of her knowledge into a solid, beautiful form that effectively functions to further her organization's mission. Arianna's mission with Story Tapestries is to: To build a bridge of understanding and connection between communities in the US and around the world To empower people through their stories to take steps towards building their own community To teach others how to tell and listen to other people's and their own personal stories and folk tales To collaborate with the school system to increase the use of the arts in the classroom