"Awake After Dark," the ongoing storytelling event at the Westport Arts Center, continues Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m.

This month's theme is "Gimme Shelter" and ties in with the arts center's current photography exhibit, "Hope in Haiti."

Ina Chadwick, artistic director for Mousemuse Production, worked with Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts, to stage the event.

Klisser During traveled to Haiti shortly after the earthquake last year and gave children at an orphanage disposable cameras for 48 hours and asked them to document their lives.

"Rather than their photographs reflecting the devastation and hopelessness we all felt, these images reveal a much different Haiti than the bleak destruction we saw, we felt," Klisser During said. Children played, danced and sang, she said.

"You see the living conditions, but you also see the hope and resilience of the human spirit that needs to put down roots and will try to call any setting home."

Chadwick said that while storytelling is a form of entertainment often seen in cities, it is difficult to find young adults living in family-oriented suburbs to become storytellers. This month, however, the program is represented by storytellers in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

The group includes: Chad Kinsman, who works for the Westport Country Playhouse; Rob Jackson of Westport, a film and TV production professional; Joe Limone, a litigator and Weston Board of Finance member; Maureen Hallock of Westport, a comedienne and caterer; Linda Howard Urbach of Fairfield, an author; Thomas Fiffer of Westport, a blogger and book-publishing professional; and Alan Berman of Westport, a eco-naturalist artist.

"Storytelling at WAC is the high-energy spoken-word event that we predicted it would be," said Deanna Foster, interim executive director at WAC. "It's entertaining, affordable, and a fun way to get out into the community and meet friends too."

At "Awake After Dark" storytelling events, audience members may throw their names into a hat at intermission for the chance to get up and tell a brief impromptu story.

Tickets are for $15 for members for WAC and $20 for non-members. They may be purchased by calling 203-222-7070 or online at www.westportartscenter.org. Reservations are recommended.

People interested in participating in future storytelling programs can find the themes at www.westportartscenter.org, www.MouseMuse.com, and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MouseMuse). Next month's theme is "Money Talks."