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Our Community Partners

Mixed Magic Theatre
Providence Children’s Museum
Southside Cultural Center
Westerly Library
YWCA Rhode Island

Schools Participation - 2018

Bishop McVinney School
Broad Rock Middle School
Claiborne Pell Elementary
Delsesto Middle School
Dr. Martin Luther King School
(EBCAP) East Bay Community Action Program
Fishing Cove Elementary
Fort Barton Elementary
Frank E. Thompson Middle School
Frenchtown Elementary
George Hanaford Elementary
Gilbert Stuart Middle School
Hopkins Hill School
International Charter School
James Eldredge Elementary
Meadow Brook Farms
Meeting Street School
Mount Pleasant High School
Ocean State Montessori School
Nathaneal Greene Middle School
Peace Dale Elementary
Pell Annex at John F Kennedy
Providence College
Rockwell School
Roger Williams Middle School
Stadium School

The Learning Community
(UCAP) Urban Collaborative Acceleration Program
Wakefield Hills Elementary School
West Kingston Elementary



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Teju Ologboni, from Milwaukee, is a master storyteller and folklorist of international renown and FUNDA FEST favorite. Teju draws his listeners into stories with gestures and movements, and sometimes with traditional African instruments. An author, teacher, poet, actor, dancer and "verbal illusionist" Teju shares stories that reflect on longstanding and contemporary cultural perspectives to give listeners greater understanding of the profound influence of African heritage on our traditions and identities. Come listen to this culture keeper and be enlightened and inspired. 



marlon Carey

 Shakespeare to Hiphop is the combined talents of Regie Gibson and Marlon Carey. Both are excellent poets with many years of experience performing in the National poetry slam circuit. Both are TED speakers on multiple occasions. Their current presentation, "The Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy" has garnered much praise and acclaim for the way it communicates the value of Shakespeare and encourages audiences’ young and old to engage with the Bard's work. Shakespeare to Hiphop travels to schools, libraries and festivals all over, sharing the power of the written and spoken word with audiences from kindergarten to college, and beyond



sumner linda

Both Linda and Sumner McClain love to perform stories together, celebrating life. They strongly believe that through the art of storytelling, poetry, music and movement we are awakened to the valuable stories of our past and present, creating a tremendous potential for wholeness, and making the world a better place for everyone.



Brothers keeper2

 Brother's Keeper is a poetry theater ensemble that seeks to bring healing, encouragement and inspiration to others through the art of spoken word. Blending poetry, music and theater elements, Brother's Keeper explores a variety of topics detailing the human experience, from a male perspective, in an attempt to counteract some of the negative images of African American males found in mainstream press and media. Since their debut performance in February 2012, the group's four members: Marlon Carey, Art Collins, Elder Lawrence Nunes, and Yunus Quddus, have been committed to embodying the good and positive aspects of manhood --- Sensitivity, Compassion, Selflessness, Fatherhood, Responsibility Community and Spirituality,--- as well as sharing those parts of human nature that provoke discussion and prompt us to make changes in our actions towards others. Since the group's inception, Brother's Keeper has received  numerous accolades, including an official citation from the Mayor of the City of East Providence, RI, for their service in the Annual Black History Month Presentation.



Ilene Evans

Ms. Ilene Evans is an inspired storyteller, performer and scholar who weaves music, poetry, dance and drama, to bring history alive. Ms. Evans creates and presents theater programs and workshops/seminars that inform, educate and entertain audiences young and old. She has toured extensively across the US and internationally with her historical and original works. In 2015, Ilene travelled with the National Association of Black Storytellers to Ghana to present General Moses at Panafest, at the University of Ghana in Accra and at Cape Coast Castle. In 2009, Ms. Evans worked with staff from the US State Department to tour to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Columbia to share African American history and culture through arts, education, literature, and music. She has received the Foundation of Freedom Award from Wheeling Jesuit University for her outstanding work. Ms. Evans received her B.A. from Trinity College Deerfield and her M.A. (Storytelling) at East Tennessee State University.



Masankho Banda, learned the fine arts of storytelling and dance from his elders. In their company, he spent many long days and nights listening to stories and dancing to music that captivated his mind, nourished his soul, and strengthened his spirit. Says Masankho, “My grandmother’s words, whispered to me when I was five, continuously echo in my ears: ‘Masankho (which means to choose) your destiny is to bring peace and healing through your talents as a dancer, singer and storyteller’. Masankho arrived in the United States in 1987, and earned a degree in Theater and Dance Arts from the College of Wooster in Ohio. After graduating, Masankho turned down an invitation to study at the Shakespeare School of Acting in New York, opting instead to devote his life to using dance, theater, music, drumming, and storytelling to inspire people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice, and cultural understanding. To further this goal and ambition Masankho got his Master of Arts in Creation Spirituality from Holy Names University in 2001.