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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Riedel, Cris Make the World a Better Place Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
All the stories in this program are old folktales, from six countries around the world. This program takes its theme from the 2017 summer reading theme. Stories in the program: 999 Steps, from Japan; the First House, from India; Lazy Jack, from England; The First Strawberries, from the Cherokee; the Butterfly Coat, from China; and Hummingbird's Advice, from India. If you'd like a longer/shorter program, that can be arranged!
$201- $350
Fiske, David Race and the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821: Debating Civil Rights History,
Multicultural- Other
In 1821, meetings took place in Albany, New York to revise the state's constitution. In the course of the meetings, numerous surprisingly frank and open discussions were carried on that related to feelings about race, at a time when some blacks in the state were still enslaved. The question was: should blacks be allowed to vote on the same footing as whites? The discussions were tinged with both fear and a spirit of egalitarianism. Some were afraid of the political power blacks might be able to exercise, while others felt that allowing all blacks to vote would make up for what the race had suffered under slavery. In the end, the egalitarians lost, and the new constitution allowed white males to vote who did not own property (removing an existing restriction), but added language that effectively disenfranchised most blacks. Blacks who did not own property were not able to vote in New York until after the Civil War.
Up to $100
Rucker, Sparky and Rhonda Heroes & Hard Times History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker take the audience on a journey spanning over three centuries of American and African-American history, including slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the westward migration, the birth of blues music, and the Civil Rights Movement. Each era is interspersed with stories and popular songs from the period. They accompany themselves with fingerpicking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, spoons, and bones. Their music includes old-time blues, Appalachian music, Civil War music, spirituals, and slave songs as well as originals. Sparky and Rhonda also tell traditional tales, for example Brer Rabbit, High John the Conqueror, or Appalachian tales,and they have been featured at the International Storytelling Center and festival.
$351- $500
Duda, Jonathan Let's Drum History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Let's Drum is a fun, hands-on educational program that uses music to foster communication, listening skills, leadership, coordination, and cultural awareness. Using musical games, structured traditional rhythms, and improvisation, participants from all levels of musical ability can play in a comfortable and welcoming setting.
$201- $350
Heilbrun, Harvey Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Harvey Heilbrun's energetic and imaginative performances engage young and old in the art of the oral tradition. Join him as he spins folktales, sings, plays guitar, and breathes life into the imagination of the listeners. Using his 33 years of teaching experience in the middle and elementary school, including 25 years of singing and storytelling, Harvey presents everything from traditional Appalachian tales to classic legends, from historical songs to old-fashioned ghost stories. Younger grades will appreciate picture book based tales and story-songs. He will work with you to design the ideal program for your group. Multi-day follow-up workshops on storytelling with smaller groups are available. He is an ideal supplement to Balanced Literacy, Character Education, Environmental programs and Library reading programs for school age children. His program supports the Common Core standards. Harvey gathers his stories from a number of different sources, mainly folktale collections, picture books and tales that he’s heard from other tellers. He gets pleasure in telling tales that usually have a twist. He performs a number of curriculum/thematic related songs that he has written and songs of other famous songwriters.
$201- $350
Fiske, David The Black America Show: The Plantation Comes to Brooklyn History,
Multicultural- Other
After exposing the public to a huckstered version of life in the West--via his Wild West Show--Nate Salsbury initiated a new production in 1895 called Black America. Black America set out not merely to entertain, but to educate the public about the lives blacks had led in the antebellum south. Though the show included some acts that were not typical elements of plantation life--juggling, tight-rope walking, and drills by black cavalry troops--it also featured a village with over 100 cabins where blacks portrayed activities such as picking cotton, operating cotton gins, itinerant preaching, and socializing. Among the singing and dancing performances were examples of black culture that had developed under slavery, as well as newer creations. Show business considerations, as well as stereotypical thinking, resulted in the inclusion of minstrel songs, cakewalks, and tap dancing, but Salsbury's original purpose for creating the show was largely one of public education, and the Black America Show was less exploitative than other contemporary productions. It gave many African-Americans a foot in the door for careers in show business, and increased public awareness of their many skills and talents. Black America had runs in Brooklyn and several other U.S. cities.
Up to $100
Dente, Kobla Mensa Talking Drums with Kobla Dente Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Talking Drums is a musical performance designed to involve and enhance participants’ knowledge and appreciation of African/African Diaspora music through its instruments and songs. Structured for early childhood audiences, Talking Drums utilizes lecture-demonstration and performance techniques with lavish appropriations of enthusiasm. In this program, participants are taught how various traditional African instruments are made and played. The results are totally tantalizing in that students learned to count, spell, and jump all to the beat of the African drum! Join Kobla Dente as he leads audiences on a journey of musical exploration
$351- $500
Del Bianco, Lou Lou's Thanksgiving Show Multicultural- Native American,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Few performers excel as both musician and storyteller, but Lou Del Bianco is one who does.- PARENTS CHOICE Through storytelling and song, children will learn what the Pilgrims and the Native Americans meant by being thankful. In this 50 minute program, authentic Indian legends as well as folk songs handed down from our earliest settlers will be shared by all! Children will get a chance to say what they're thankful for. Both educational and fun, with lots of participation.
$201- $350
Del Bianco, Lou Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A graceful balance of humor and heart- LA TIMES “Around the World” is an exciting 45 minute multicultural program that combines storytelling, theater, and music. Lou invites children onstage to help him act out stories that reflect the African, South and North American, Asian and European cultures. Each story contains a valuable lesson that can teach us all something about ourselves. Children will discover that we all have a song to sing or a story to tell no matter where we come from …Around the World!
$201- $350
Collins, Dawn Native American Flute - Introductory History & Playing Multicultural- Native American,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
An introduction to the history of the Native American flute, a hands-on lesson that incorporates how to hold the flute, breath control, one breath soloing, jamming with others, a basic scale for flute, jamming with other instruments, and a handout of resources for further learning. With the minimum of 10 participants, an add-on to the workshop may be an option to build your own flute at an additional program cost of $50 per participant for the flute. This may develop into an ongoing flute learning & jam program if participants are interested.
$101- $200
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