Monday, December 16, 2013

Jumpin Jambalaya Tribute to Grandmother's Circle

Article reposted from Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

Kucha Brownlee & Baba Tony Brown

CHARLESTON — The public is invited to a reception and storyteller program in the 
Tarble Arts Center atrium to close the month-long Arts-in-Education Residency with 
Alpha Bruton from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Guest artists and storytellers Baba Tony Brown and D. Kucha Brownlee will present
 “Jumpin’ Jambalaya,” a diverse program including folk tales, call and response, poetry,
 and music.

Resident artist Alpha Bruton will discuss her installation exhibition, “Grandmother’s Circle,”
 including how she incorporated works that the students made during the residency into her 
exhibition. Refreshments will be served.

Funding for the residency is provided by a Ruth and Vaughn Jaenike Access to the 
Arts Grant, the Coles County Arts Council, the participating schools and Tarble Arts
 Center membership contributions.

The Tarble Arts Center is located at 2010 Ninth St. on the EIU campus in Charleston. 
The center is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Saturday; and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays.

 For more information, visit

A dynamic storytelling duo that combine their experience as performers to weave 
a rich tapestry of African,African-American and Spanish folk tales, frolicking fables, 
proverbs and dialect into their cultural performance
art storytelling.

This storytelling workshop primary goal is to provide an environment where lovers of story,

 including teachers, storytellers and librarians, can concentrate on writing and telling stories
 created for listeners (kindergarten through adulthood). Informative written materials and 
interactive exercises will be used to inspire greater creativity, facilitate collaboration and 
enhance performance styles, using techniques and strategies that are applicable in a 
variety of settings including: classrooms (kindergarten through college), business
 conferences, community groups, and family settings.

“I’m Just Sayin …” Writing and Tellin’ Our Stories

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