The Heart & Soul of Our Stories

Artist: TAHIRA

Type: Professional Learning

Program Availability: In-Person, Virtual

  • The Heart & Soul of Our Stories
  • The Heart & Soul of Our Stories
  • The Heart & Soul of Our Stories


In this professional learning program, TAHIRA will illuminate practices that center the stories of African Americans by offering an opportunity for participants to explore the art of storytelling and active listening. Through sharing personal recollections, TAHIRA will lay a foundation for the impact childhood relationships and family culture have on the development of the creative self. Participants will self-reflect on their own cultural traditions as they apply the foundations of creativity and artistry to their arts enhancement and integration practice.


In-Person or Virtual

Recommended Participants

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Arts Specialists
  • Principals and Supervisors

Learning Intentions

Educators will:

  • Identify and share creative assets.
  • Experience TAHIRA’s storytelling rooted in the African Diaspora.
  • Examine TAHIRA’s story to provoke insight into the themes of othering, emotional vocabulary, imagination, resilience, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Explore how stories are created from memories connected to objects.
  • Apply language of the senses to tell a personal story.
  • Identify one storytelling ritual to use in their teaching and learning practice.

YA Connections

  • NJSLS-VPA: Artistic Process; Creating; Anchor Standard 1: Conceptualizing & Generating Ideas
  • NJSLS-VPA: Artistic Process; Responding; Anchor Standard 7:
  • Perceiving and Analyzing Products
  • Culturally Responsive Practice
  • Social Emotional Learning

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

  • Standard 3: Equity & Culture

Price & Info


Workshop Cost per Day: $1400

Additional Fees: In-Person Program Travel Fee - $95 per day; Virtual Program Technology Fee - $45; (On-Demand programs are not charged travel or tech fees)


Audience Limit: 25 participants per session

Program Length: (1) 90-min Session (Additional time available at $300/hour)

Workshop Minimum # of Days: 1

Appropriate For Grade(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th



Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

Character Education

SEL: Social Emotional Learning

World Cultures