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Park Protectors: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service

Among the earliest caretakers of America’s cherished public lands were soldiers from all-black Army regiments. Starting in the 1890s, these “Buffalo Soldiers” played a critical role in protecting and building the infrastructure of our National Parks. Using song, energetic physical storytelling, creative costuming and props, along with audience participation, the cast of Park Protectors take […]

LGBTQ+ Through the Arts

Learning About LGTBQ+ & Gender Identity through the Arts is an inclusive arts exploration of topics within LGBTQ+ issues such as terminology, gender identity, intersectionality, discrimination, and queer liberation movements. The workshops will utilize experiential and discussion-based learning methods, such as Theatre of the Oppressed, storytelling, creative writing, and devised theatre techniques, to dismantle myths, […]

The Traveler

A love letter to modern day immigrants who travel thousands of miles in search of a new home and community, The Traveler is a story of one man who must say goodbye to the life he knows. On his trek, he must face obstacles, build a community, and find himself before he can discover where […]

Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns

Tin lunch pails, coal carts, mule trains, breaker boys, wash day, heavy boots, playgrounds in the shadow of the coal breaker, life underground and coal dust everywhere… America’s Industrial Revolution was fueled by coal.  Today, the coal mining patch towns stand in tribute to the men and women, boys, and girls whose strong backs and […]

Good Character

This performance includes a series of interactive stories about good character told by Muslim grandmothers to their grandchildren. The performance is accompanied by percussive instruments from each of the countries presented, including Pakistan, America, China, Mali and Guyana. Highlights include the sharing of values that are similar across Muslim and non-Muslim countries as well as […]

No Mystery in Black History!

  This interactive program is filled with story, rhythm, history, and song. Featuring a call and response song followed by “An African Drum Story,” Queen Nur introduces various drums from West Africa and describes their communal importance. Engagement continues with Black History in the U.S. through freedom stories, civil rights chants, poetry, music and empowerment […]

Sweet Potato Pie and Such

Queen Nur, international storyteller and Dwight James, renown jazz drummer present a flavorful seasoning of interactive tales from the African and African American Oral Tradition that will ground you in tradition, butter you up with joy and delightfully sweeten your mind. Designed for audiences to participate, celebrate and “Jubilate.” Values are indelibly remembered through lively […]

Chinese Dragon Shadow Puppet Theatre

Students are introduced to the history and culture of traditional Chinese shadow puppet theatre and learn about characteristics of the mythological Chinese dragon.  After a trip through the unique world of the artist’s studio, students are guided in making their own dragon shadow puppet and shown how to create a shadow puppet using a flashlight […]