Stories inspire, foster empathy and understanding, encourage creativity, and connect us to the past and each other. Whether it comes in the form of a piece of art by a visual artist, is written, or narrated by a skilled orator, stories have the power to mesmerize, embolden, and move us. In honor of the Martin Luther King holiday, and in partnership with the Newport Health Equity Zone, join us at the Museum for an epic evening of multigenerational storytelling featuring South African storyteller, freedom fighter, activist, playwright, and poet Gcina Mhlophe, special guest of the RI Black Storytellers 22nd annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling.
Come early and stay late!
Before and after Gcina’s performance, the galleries will be alive with mini docent-led tours and interactive storytelling projects for all ages. After her performance, Gcina will facilitate collaborative poetry writing inspired by artworks on display in the gallery, and micro-memoir writing and sharing. Settle in to craft a tall tale, yarn, anecdote, folk, allegorical, or cautionary tale… no matter your style preference, prepare to be transported as you enjoy listening to, crafting, and sharing stories with us!
This event is FREE
Space is limited, Reservations are recommended.
Light snacks will be available.
Schedule of Events
5:00 pm Family-friendly storytelling activities and Mini-Tours in the galleries
6:00 pm Gcina Mhlophe FUNDA FEST Storytelling performance
7:00 pm Artwork-inspired collaborative poetry writing and micro-memoir writing facilitated by Gcina Mhlophe and more family-friendly activities in the galleries