News and Upcoming Performances






 NEWS FLASH!  

Denise Valentine is featured in: This End Up, The story of Henry Box Brown's escape from slavery, by Kevin Mahnken HUMANITIES, The magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities
(May/June 2013 | Vol 34, No 3.)
  




 

 

 


SCHOOL RESIDENCIES





STORYTELLING IN THE CLASSROOM



January, 2014
Skyview Scholars Project

History/MyStory/OurStory: 
Crafting and Telling Historical Stories
 
- a storytelling and folk arts workshop involving research and interpretation, story crafting and oral performance.

Arts in Education Folk Arts Residency, a program of the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP)

Host Site: Skyview Upper Elementary, Methacton School District 


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After School
STEAM Program

Bache-Martin Elementary School

administered by Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership


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February - May, 2012
Cliveden Scholars Project

History/MyStory/OurStory: Crafting and Telling Historical Stories - a storytelling and folk arts workshop involving research and interpretation, story crafting and oral performance.

Arts in Education Folk Arts Residency, a program of the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership

Host Site: Lankenau Environmental Science
Magnet High School

201 Spring Lane, Philadelphia, PA
Principal:  Jacqueline Bentley

Teacher/Site Coordinator:  George Chappell, Jr.

Partner Organization:

Cliveden of the National Trust

6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19144

Executive Director: David W. Young



July 5 – Aug 12, 2011
12:45pm to 3:00pm
Teaching Artist at  Fitzpatrick Elementary,
School District of Philadelphia Summer Enrichment Program (S.L.A.M.)
Administered by Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP)



April 28 - May 28, 2011
Cliveden Scholars Project

History/MyStory/OurStory: Crafting and Telling Historical Stories - a storytelling and folk arts workshop involving research and interpretation, story crafting and oral performance.



May 4 – 7, 2011

Folk Arts Residency

Baobab Storytelling Village (K – 2)

Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School  (FACTS)

1023 Callowhill Street

Philadelphia, PA

http://www.factschool.org

Sponsored and administered by Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP)

 

April 6 – 14, 2011

Folk Arts Residency

Historical Storytelling (4 – 5)

Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS)

1023 Callowhill Street

Philadelphia, PA

Sponsored and administered by Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP)

 

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June 28 – July 28, 2010
12:45pm to 3:00pm
Teaching Artist 
C. C. Baldi Middle School,
School District of Philadelphia Summer Enrichment Program (S.L.A.M.)
Administered by Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP)

 

Sept 09 – April 2010
Monday – Thursdays
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Storyteller-in-Residence
Philly After 3/
Afterschool Enrichment Programs

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.
Series of one hour storytelling performance/workshops for children in Philadelphia Public Schools: Lowell, Hartranft, Hill, Peirce


Sept 09 - June 2010
Fridays, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Storyteller-in-Residence
William Dick Beacon
Community Center
Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, Afterschool Program
African American history via storytelling, students will participate in arts and crafts and a classroom performance.

 

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DENISE VALENTINE

Storyteller

ROOTS & WINGS
Philadelphia, PA  19126
E-mail:  storyteller@denisevalentine.com
Web: http://www.denisevalentine.com

  

 

 

 

PRESS COVERAGE

 

Read About it! …


CURRENT NEWSLETTER




History/MyStory/OurStory: Crafting and Telling Historical Stories

Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) Blog September 26, 2011



Sojourn On… Storyteller Presents.  Sun Gazette, July 9, 2011


International Storyteller to portray Sojourner Truth.  Sun Gazette, August 6, 2011 




Denise Valentine, Storyteller is unforgettable at NSN All Regions Concert - August 2011 Miami Examiner  Francine Adams





Denise Valentine Storyteller lands National Storytelling Network role for Best story  March 2011 Miami Examiner  Francine Adams



View the Video: A Love Story For Humanity: Romance Of Volcano And Ocean









 




 

EVENT CALENDAR







 




 



Spring / Summer 2015























Fall / Winter 2014


History and Reconstruction ~  Beginning in fall 2014,  the storyteller collaborated in a project funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, with historian Phillip Seitz, William Goldsby, chair of Reconstruction Inc., and a cohort of ex-offenders to address the question: How can deep knowledge of history change lives?

Denise introduced concepts of African and African American storytelling traditions. This provides a cultural context which the cohort could use for navigating new or difficult knowledge.  She assisted cohort members in building storytelling skills, tools and techniques needed to infuse their stories with lessons from history when communicating their experiences to the community.

The storyteller seeks to help cohort members :

Reclaim their ancestral names and homeland.

Reclaim their stories.

Reclaim the power and authority to speak; become the “storyholders” for themselves and their communities.





November 9 - 24, 2014

ANANSE SoundSplash 2014 Storytelling Festival & Conference, Jamaica, W.I.

Ntukuma, the Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica, chose the theme for Ananse SoundSplash 2014 REDISCOVER, RETELL, RENEW to honor the contributions of Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey in the year of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of his Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).  An international contingent of storytellers celebrated the official proclamation of November 20th as Jamaica’s National Storytelling Day (coinciding with Universal Children’s Day) with a week of storytelling events all over the island, including at Louise Bennett Garden Theatre and Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Moneague College in Saint Ann Parish, and Montego Bay Community College.









SUMMER 2014


GreatEscapes ~ WILLIAMSPORT, PA  
July 12th, 1PM Free!

A Commonwealth Speakers Presentation with Denise Valentine
As part of the Year of Learning and Focus on the Underground Railroad presented by Muncy Historical Society, the Blooming Grove Historical Society and James V. Brown Library will host Commonwealth Speaker Denise Valentine’s presentation “Great Escapes” at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12 in the Library’s Lowry Room, 19 E. Fourth St. 17701. For more information, visit: http://muncyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/great-escapes  






For Summer Camps


PASSPORT TO CULTURE SUMMER YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM 2014 @ The African American Museum in Philadelphia | Storytelling & Folktales | Wednesdays, July 16 - August 6








































WINTER 2014


March 29, 2014, 7 - 8:30PM

"Freedom's Door"   

Muse Gallery 52 N. 2nd Street

Old City, Philadelphia, PA

Denise Valentine presents a storytelling companion to an exhibition of paintings by Bonnie Mettler entitled "My Racial Ignorance" March 5 - March 30, 2014 | Muse Gallery | Free Admission: http://www.musegalleryphiladelphia.com/exhibitions/bonnie-mettler/my-racial-ignorance 

Bonnie Mettler | Muse Gallery Marlbank Farm Daffodils, Yorktown, VA. Bonnie's childhood playground--an old plantation site with evidence of brutality just below the surface in the soil.  















Sunday, March 23, 2014,  3-5 PM

RAY GRAY PRODUCTIONS
in collaboration with
THE MERCER MUSEUM
84 S Pine Street in Doylestown
presents

LOVE STORIES in Concert

PERFORMERS: Gerald Fierst, Deborah Pieri, Denise Valentine, Philip Orr and Bill Wood
Ray Gray: Producer/Host

TICKETS

$12 museum members and $15 non-members

mmeduc@mercermuseum.org or 215-348-9461 Ext 210





 

March 22, 2014, 12 - 2PM

Being Sojourner Truth.

Denise Valentine portrays Sojourner Truth at The African American Museum of Philadelphia. Part of Family Fun Day!

 

 



February 15, 2014, 9am – 2pm

Historical Performance - Portraying Phillis Wheatley, African Poetess

102 nd Annual Boy Scouts of America Encampment and Pilgrimage  

Valley Forge, PA 

Phillis Wheatley - Poems on Various Subjects, Religous and Moral. London: Printed, 1773.

















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FALL/WINTER 2012








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SEPTEMBER 



Sept 12, 2012

3 - 5PM

Report from the field

Heritage Philadelphia Program

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

1608 Walnut Street 18th Floor

Philadelphia  PA 19103

www.pcah.us/heritage




Sept 22, 12 – 2pm

Stories In Service: Day of Neighborhood Storytelling

5 Philadelphia Neighborhoods - Same Day -Same Time

My Location:

Hawthorne Cultural Center (SOUTH PHILLY)

12th and Carpenter Streets, Philadelphia PA

Storytellers: Baba Jamal Koram, Khalil Munir, Denise Valentine

Other Locations

Lonnie Young Recreation Center, GERMANTOWN

*Hawthorne Cultural Center, SOUTH PHILLY

Community Education Center, UNIVERSITY CITY

Malcolm X Park, WEST PHILLY

Village of the Arts and Humanities, NORTH PHILLY

Organizers: GriotWorks, Art Sanctuary, Philly CAM, Community Education Center






Sept 23, 12 – 4PM

Philadelphia Interfaith Children and Youth Festival

New Covenant Campus

7500 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

Sat., Sept. 22 from 11-5 and Sun., Sept. 23 from 12 - 4






Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 10am to 5pm

100,000 Poets for Change

27th and Wharton Sts

Conscious artist & concerned citizens to occupy the Graysferry community to entertain unite all communities and come up with solutions to stop the wrath of bloodshed among our children.

Taking place in many cities, all over the world the same time and date:

http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/









OCTOBER



October 6 & 7, 2012

11am – 8:30pm

Annual International Locks Conference:

Natural Hair, Wholistic Health & Beauty Expo

Imhotep Institute Charter High School

2101 West Godfrey

Philadelphia, PA 19138

www.LocksConference.com






Saturday, October 27

Chestnut Hill Ghost Walk

Ghost Walk of Chestnut Hill
~A Service Activity of Teenagers, Inc.~

4 Story Tellers: Claudia Lees, Vernyce Dannells, Annie Hart & Denise Valentine
Departs from Chestnut Hill!Library (8711 Germantown Ave) at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 & 8:30p.m.
Tickets: Sovereign Bank (8623 Germantown Ave.) & Chestnut Hill Welcome Center (8426 Germantown Ave.)
Adults: (12+) $10
Children: $5












NOVEMBER

ADOPT-A-TELLER (NABS)

ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY 

Northwood Branch
4420 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21218

IN THE TRADITION…

30TH Annual National Black Storytelling Festival & Conference

November 14-18, 2012, 1pm ages 6-12

National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS) Host: The Griots’ Circle of Maryland, Inc.

http://www.prattlibrary.org/calendar/series.aspx?folder=1056&mark=imagination+celebration 









MID-SUMMER/FALL 2012


 

Thursday, August 9th

7 - 9pm

Cliveden Conversations

Cliveden of the National Trust

6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia
Cliveden Conversations presents Storyteller, Denise Valentine - Stories of Resilience, Resistance & Reciprocity: Report on the Cliveden Scholar Project.

Cliveden Conversations, a free series that seeks to present audiences with the latest research while challenging them to perceive history in new ways. Activists, academics, and community members alike are invited to participate in moderated discussions following a presentation by an expert on a particular issue involving the Germantown/Mt. Airy community. To learn more about the series visit www.cliveden.org, or to make a reservation, please call 215.848.1777.













August 9
11am
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
The Voice Studio, Colket Atrium
34th Street & Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
www.chop.edu 

Storytelling @ Children's Hospital of Philadelphia CHOP
Broadcast in patient rooms and throughout the hospital through THE VOICE, a closed-circuit radio station and multimedia studio in CHOP's main lobby.






Monday, August 13
4:30 - 6:00pm

Stories @ The Cannery

Women’s Alternative Special Detention

8207 Torresdale Ave.

Philadelphia Pa 19136













SUMMER 2012

 








June 1, 8: 00 – 9:00am

Spirit Day

Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School

201 Spring Lane, Philadelphia, PA

Principal:  Jacqueline Bentley



June 2, 11: 30 – 12:00 noon

Storytelling in the Children’s Pavilion

Art Sanctuary

Celebration of Black Writing: Saturday,

Outdoor Festival

13th & Cecil B. Moore, Philadelphia





Juneteenth Programs: Liberty Bound

 

June 13, 11:00am – 3pm

WEST PARK AARP CHAPTER #4037, INC

Closing Luncheon and Installation of Officers” on Wednesday

Adelphia Restaurant, Deptford, NJ.

 

June 14 , 9:00 – 10:00am (private)

Independence Charter School

1600 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

http://www.icscharter.com/

 

June 16

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)
701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
www.aampmuseum.org

 


 

Portraying Sojourner Truth

June 24, 10am (SLT)

Second Life

Virtual Philadelphian




June 28, 2012

SEEDS Family Fun Day

Elwyn Chester SEEDS Program

419 Avenue of the States, 3rd floor

Chester, PA 19013




Friday, July 27, 2012, 6pm
Portraying Sojourner Truth
Annual Fundraising Dinner
Sojourner Truth Ministries
Williamsport PA

 

 





SPRING 2012




March 2, 6 - 9 PM
The Will to Adorn: Philadelphia Stories of Beauty and Adornment
Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP)
735 S. 50th Street
Philadelphia, PA

"The Will To Adorn: Philadelphia Stories," a program devoted to exploring how people use adornment” hair, dress, style, self-fashioning” as means of self expression and community affirmation. Free.

Screening of the award-winning documentary "Hair Stories" (1998) by West Philadelphia filmmaker, master braider and hair sculptor, Yvette Smalls. Storytelling by members of Keepers of the Culture (KOTC), Philadelphia's Afrocentric storytelling group. For more information visit www.folkloreproject.org

 

 

 

April 2, 12:00 pm
Storytelling at Tioga Arms
1828 W. Tioga Street
Philadelphia PA 19140
Funded by Art Sanctuary

 




Thursday April 19, 12:00 noon

The Mid-Morning Mojo, with host Stephanie Renée

WURD 900 AM Radio, Philadelphia

Listen online at www.900amwurd.com  

Radio Interview

Storyteller, Denise Valentine will discuss her blog post concerning the missing African American historical figures from the mural in the Germantown Save-A-Lot grocery store, and other important historical notes from around the city of Philadelphia. 

 

 

 

Saturday, May 26, 2012
2:00 – 3:00 PM
The Barnes Foundation
Auditorium
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Denise Valentine presents…

Who Me, a Hero? - Learning to see the hero in me

Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26–Monday, May 28, 2012, Grand Opening of the legendary art collection in Philadelphia with 56 festive hours of free round-the-clock open galleries, live music, and family fun.  Musical events include a performance by the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Boys Choir, storytelling and much more!






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WINTER 2011 - 2012




December 7, 2011
9am
The Joshua Tree Preschool
766-768 S.9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

www.thejoshuatreechild.com   






January 12, 2012
March 8
May 10
June 14
11am
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
The Voice studio, Colket Atrium
34th Street & Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
www.chop.edu 

Storytelling @ Children's Hospital of Philadelphia CHOP Broadcast in patient rooms and throughout the hospital through THE VOICE, a closed-circuit radio station and multimedia studio in CHOP's main lobby.







January 21
 
4 - 6pm
York House Showcase 
5300 Old York Road
Philadelphia, PA







February 3
10:00 AM
STORYTELLING CIRCLE @ ART SANCTUARY
Gallery, 628 South 16th Street, Philadelphia PA 19146
First Friday of each month, Art Sanctuary invites preschool age children and their grown-ups for storytime with the finest griots.
Cost: Free!








February 15
10:30am – 1:00pm
U.S. Department of Labor - OASAM
Black History Month Program
at the Curtis Center, Suite 690 West
6th & Walnut Street, Philadelphia





February 27, 9 – 11am
Black History Month Assembly

Lewis C. Cassidy Elementary School

Lansdowne Avenue
Philadelphia PA 08077

 

 




















FALL/WINTER 2011





Oct 29, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Chestunt Hill Ghost Walk
Presented by Teenagers, Inc, a non-profit
4 Storytellers: Claudia Lees, Vernyce Dannells, Loretta Lucy Miller & Denise Valentine. 
Rendevous point: Chestnut Hill Library!

Witch of Wopsy Mountain & Other Ghostly Lore - spine chilling tales from the Deep South, Appalachia, the Caribbean, and even some local haunts.




Saturday, October 01,
Revolutionary Germantown Festival

Cliveden of the National Trust

6401 Germantown Avenue,
Philadelphia PA, 19144

Reenactment of the historic Battle of Germantown, Rare Prints, Storytelling
www.cliveden.org



 

 

 

 

 

Sept 24 -25, 2011
CHOOSE HOPE

2011 Philadelphia Interfaith Children and Youth Festival

www.interfaithchildrensfestival.com

 

 

 

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SPRING/SUMMER 2011 HIGHLIGHTS
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Friday, August 15, 2011, 6pm
Portraying Sojourner Truth
Annual Fundraising Dinenr
Sojourner Truth Ministries
Williamsport PA







Thursdays, July 7 - Aug 12, 2011
"Free to Be"
Storytelling & Folklore Workshops
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
www.aampmuseum.org





June 26, 2011

Drum Celebration & Tribute to Gil Scott Heron, Hatfield House 33rd & Girard, Philadelphia PA, 12 - 8pm

Free admission

 

 

June 19, 2011

Juneteenth Celebration

Cliveden Historic House

Cliveden of the National Trust

6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19144

visit: cliveden.org








June 19, 2011
Poetry Café @ 3rd Element Spa
West Oak Lane Jazz Festival (Philadelphia PA) Recorded Live







Friday, May 13, 2011

Global Leadership Academy Charter School

Friendship Site

7101 Pennway Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19111

Grades 1-5







Friday, May 20, 2011

Global Leadership Academy Charter School

Global West Site

5900 Baltimore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19143

Grades K-5







Friday, April 1st, 10 - 11AM
STORYTELLING CIRCLE @ ART SANCTUARY

Gallery, 628 South 16th Street, Philadelphia PA 19146

First Friday of each month, Art Sanctuary invites preschool age children and their grown-ups for storytime with the finest griots.
Cost: Free!






“Great Escapes!” 
 

April 12, 11:00 am

Philadelphia Senior Center - Tioga Branch
1531 West Tioga Street
Philadelphia PA 19140
and

May 2, 1:30 pm

Green Ridge Village

Newville, PA


“Great Escapes!”  - This interactive presentation brings to life compelling stories of enslaved Africans who escaped to, and away from, Philadelphia and those who aided them in their search for freedom. Philadelphia was an important station in the Underground Railroad and a haven for many fugitives, including Henry "Box" Brown. Conversely, many escaped from Philadelphia, such as Oney Judge, enslaved by George Washington. Denise Valentine uses the power of storytelling to interpret these historical subjects and highlight Philadelphia's African American and Underground Railroad heritage sites. Discussion also examines the role of storytelling in the continuity of community traditions. “Great Escapes” is presented as an interactive storytelling performance accompanied by a slide show, followed by a Q & A. This is a Commonwealth Speakers presentation for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council:
http://www.pahumanities.org/resources/speakers.php





 

April 16, 1:30 – 2pm

Great Day on the Great Road Festival @ Vernon Park

5818 Germantown Avenue (North of Chelten) Philadelphia, PA 19144

Storyteller Denise Valentine presents...

The Soul of Historic Philadelphia:  
the story of Black entertainment in Historic Philadelphia. Did you know that composer Francis "Frank" Johnson's band put on a command performance for Queen Victoria in 1838? Did you know there was an African Fancy Ball in Philadelphia in 1828? And, did you know that great entertainers like Lena Horne, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong performed at a Black-owned theatre at Broad and South, making John T. Gibson the richest Black man in Philadelphia?

 

Enjoy Activities all day!

1 – 4pm

The Great Day on the Great Road Festival will share local history with the community through activities, music and historical performance. For more information call 215.844.1683 or visit our website at www.freedomsbackyard.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WINTER/SPRING 2011 HIGHLIGHTS
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February 2011

 


Friday, Feb 11,  8:30 - 9:15am

Greene Street Friends School

Black History Month Assembly

5511 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA

 




Saturday, Feb 12, 11am - Noon 

Upper Merion Township Library

Black History Event focusing on the Civil War Era

175 W. Valley Forge Rd.

King of Prussia, PA  19406

Denise Valentine, Cheryl Greene and Ronald Carter will present a program of historical interpretation portraying

Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglas

10:00am - 3:00pm Full Day of Programming & Activities








Sunday, Feb 13, 2011, 2 – 3:30 pm

Mercer Museum

 “Great Escapes!”

84 South Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Visit: mercermuseum.org  

A Commonwealth Speakers presentation for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.




February 19th, 2 - 3:30pm

La Mott Community Center/Library
Black History Month Program:

Sojourner Truth
7420 Sycamore Avenue

 LaMott, PA 19027

Sponsored by the library, the La Mott Community Center and the Friends of the Library. All ages.





February 27, 12 Noon

The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown

African American History Brunch

35 W. Chelten Avenue

www.fpcgermantown.org






February 27, 2011, 3pm 

Black Philadelphia: Folk We Forgot to Remember

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
1198 Lawrence Street
Camden, NJ 08102

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cheyney University Arts and Lecture Series presents

“Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman: The Connection”

Cheney University

1837 University Circle, Carnegie Hall

Cheyney, PA 19319

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. -

Campus Stroll, Classroom Visits

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. -

Fireside Chat with Q and A




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FALL/WINTER 2010 HIGHLIGHTS
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
8600 Gilbert Street Block Party
Family Storytelling

 
Voice of Truth - Sojourner
@The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Powerful portrayal of Sojourner Truth as she expounds on the role of women throughout history as the Voice of Truth.

Saturdays
September 11, 2010, 12p-2p

September 25, 2010, 2p-4p, 6th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

October 23, 2010, 12p-2p

November 13, 2010, 12p-2p

See Flyer Below 

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
www.aampmuseum.org

In conjunction with Voices: African American and Latina Women Share their Stories of Success  a dynamic collection of 50 photographs chronicling the uplifting and inspirational journeys of outstanding Pennsylvania women. On Gallery 3. For more info : http://www.aampmuseum.org/voices


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 


 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Female Voices of the Black Panther Party
@ AAMP
Performance 11:45 am
Storytelling workshop 2:00 - 4:40 pm

Keepers of the Culture, Inc.  (KOTC) presents a storytelling workshop exclusively for Purdue University Black Cultural Center’s Research Tour at The African American Museum in Philadelphia.  Presenters are Charlotte Blake Alston, Caroliese Frink-Reed, Momma Sandi, Lamont “Napalm” Dixon, and Queen Nur, and Denise Valentine.

The event runs from 10:30 - 4:30. Including a storytelling performance by Queen Nur, and a panel discussion on this year’s research theme: “The Black Power Movement: The Art, Politics, and Empowerment of Black Identity” led by Barbara Daniel Cox.  KOTC’s workshop, from 2:00 - 4:30, will assist the students in understanding the structure of a story, the mechanics of crating a story, relating to the audience, and incorporating the context of social issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 20th at 6:00 pm  
“Greats Escapes”
Rainbow Elementary School
Coatesville Area School District
Coatesville, PA 19320
“Great Escapes!”  This interactive storytelling performance for audiences of all ages combines historical narrative with elements of the African and African American storytelling tradition: folktales, hand-clap games, call-and-response; bringing to life the compelling stories of enslaved Africans who escaped to, and away from Philadelphia, and those who aided them in their search for freedom. A presentation of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speakers Bureau. 
   Oct 23, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Chestunt Hill Ghost Walk
Presented by Teenagers, Inc, a non-profit
Storytellers tell ghostly tales in the Chestnut Hill Ghost Walk.  Rendevous point: Chestnut Hill Library!
Raindate Sat., Oct. 30 




Saturday, December 18, 2010
2p-4p 
Kwanzaa @ AAMP

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
www.aampmuseum.org
Get into the spirit of Kwanzaa with storytelling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

December 26, 2010-January 1, 2011
AAMP Kwanzaa Celebration
The Gallery @ Market East
Performances, Kwanzaa education, arts and crafts, magical theater, film screening at AAMP. Final Schedule coming soon!

Free Admission to Events at the Gallery @ Market East
Events @ AAMP Free with Museum Admission

 




Saturday, February 12th, 2011
11:00am – 12:00pm
Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas
UPPER MERION TOWNSHIP LIBRARY
Black History Month Event – The Civil War Era
175 W. Valley Forge Rd.
 King of Prussia, PA  19406Denise Valentine as Sojourner Truth, Cheryl Greene as Harriet Tubman and Ronald Carter as Frederick Douglas. Activities from 11:00am - 3:00pm: Vendors, African American Food Sampling, Civil War soldier Reenactor, Gospel Choir and more. 

 





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Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 1:30-3:30 pm

Engaging and Teaching a Multicultural Curriculum with African-centered Stories!

Guest Speaker for
WORLD CULTURES THROUGH ART
The University of the Arts
PIE – Professional Institute for Educators
Course ED - 8471:  Professor Susan Rodriguez
Saturday, August 14, 2010



Stories-in-Service
FREE Storytelling Workshops & Concert
Community Education Center (CEC)
3500 Lancaster Avenue 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Stories-in-Service Day is a full day of FREE storytelling programming for the entire family.  Joint endeavor by Griotworks, TAHIRA Productions and Keepers of the Culture, Inc. 

Noon to 1:00 PM: Introduction to Storytelling 

1:00 pm – 2:00 PM: Lift E’vry Voice  . . .  (African Songs)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Instrument Making and Games

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Creative Conscious Open Mic 

4:00 pm - 6:00pm Stories on the Lawn with Keepers of the Culture, Inc. 

Storytelling Concert features national treasures and regional favorites:

Sarai Abdul-Malik

Nashid Ali

Charlotte Blake Alston

Jawara Bishop

Lamont “Napalm: Dixon

Momma Sandi

TAHIRA

Denise Valentine

Women of 12
A Gathering of Christian Women
Aug, 14 2010, 3:00 pm - 7:00pm
Salvation Army Community Center
4
5 and Market  St., Philadelphia

 


JULY 2010

 

July 30 - Aug 1, 2010
All Regions Concert
National Storytelling Network
Many Stories - One World
2010 Annual Conference (July 28-Aug 1)
Los Angeles, California
For more info: http://www.storynet.org



APRIL 2010

 

Wednesday, April 7, 2:00 – 3:30PM
Portraying Sojourner Truth
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
7th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA

  

Friday, April 16th, 1:00 -200pm
Celebrating ‘World Voice Day’
Robert Morris Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by The Voice Foundation
www.voicefoundation.org




MARCH 2010

 

Tues, March 23
History, Herstory, Ourstory
12th & Marion Elementary School
1200 N. 12th Street
Reading, PA 19604

 

 

March 22, 9:00am to 2:30pm
Black History Month Celebration
Lombardy Elementary School
412 Foulk Road
Wilmington, DE 19803-3803

 

 

March 20, 1:00 p.m.
History, Herstory, Ourstory
Riverton Free Library
306 Main Street
Riverton, NJ 08077-1241

 





FALL/

WINTER 20

09-10

 

 

 

Monday, February 22 , 2010, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Paul's Run Retirement Community
Black History Month Program
9896 Bustleton Avenue, Phila.



Feb 8,  3:15 PM
Black History Month Celebration
Young Achievers, Inc. 
Finletter Elementary School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120
A program of the Young Achievers Learning Center, Inc. 

 

January 18, 2010
Historical Re-enactment - Sojourner Truth
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA  19106
Citizen Bank presents … Sharing the Heritage!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.



December 17, 2009

6:00 p.m.
23rd Annual Frator Heru Institute
Kwanzaa Celebration
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street





Saturday, December 19, 2009           
10:00am to 2:00pm
JUVENILE FAMILY DAY
For Incarcerated Juveniles and their Families
Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center
8301 State Road
Philadelphia, Pa 19136



Wednesday, December 30, 2009
4 p.m.
Kwanzaa Stories
West Philadelphia/Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library - Children's department
freelibrary.org

 

 





Nov 1, 2009

Weekends 6pm - 11pm

Haunted Stories on the Ghost Bus

to and from

Eastern State Penitentiary’s

“Terror Behind the Walls”

2027 Fairmount Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19130

www.EasternState.org

(bus leaves from the Zoo)

 


10/18/09 - 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Sundays on Stage - Family Day

Central Library of Philadelphia

Montgomery Auditorium
19th & Vine Streets (Ben Franklin Parkway)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 
Keepers of the Culture, Inc. present

THE SOULS OF FREEDOM II 

 



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10/16/09 9:00 - 11:30 AM

Leadership Speaker Series

The Young Women's Leadership School

at E. Washington Rhodes High

3100 N. 29th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132


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09/26/09  -  10AM – 3PM

Women's Christian Alliance

90th Anniversary Family Block Reunion

1722-42 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19121

wcafamily.org

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SUMMER 09

08/08/09
12 noon to 5:00PM

Stories in Service Project


12:00 - 1:00
Lonnie Young Center
1100 East Chelten Ave. Philadelphia, PA
4:00 - 5:00
Round Robin at CEC*

What is Stories in Service?

Stories in Service is a community service project produced by GRIOTWORKS in collaboration with TAHIRA Productions, Inc. Four storytelling programs will be conducted simultaneously at four different community centers in Philadelphia:

1. Norris Square Neighborhood Project 2133 Howard Street
2. Di Silvestro Community Center 15 & Morris Streets
3. Lonnie Young Center*
1100 East Chelten Ave.
4. Community Education Center (*CEC) 3500 Lancaster Avenue


Featuring:

Denise Valentine, Nashid Ali, Nia Davis, Joslyn Ladson
Moonsong, Queen Nur, TAHIRA


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08/04/09 - 2-4pm

National Night Out 

hosted by PA State Representative Dwight Evans
Simon's Recreation Center
Walnut Lane & Woolston Avenue
7200 Woolston Avenue

Philadelphia, PA

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7/27/09 from 2 - 4pm

KidZone PHILADELPHIA Summer Bash

7157-61 Ogontz Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19138

Sponsored by Foundations, Inc.

Community Education Initiatives

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07/18/09 - 6PM
Smith-Durant McDonald
Family Reunion

Holiday Inn
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106



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07/11/09 - 7PM - 12 Midnight
Grey Family Reunion

Holiday Inn
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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06/20/2009 10:00 AM

Historic Pottsgrove Manor 

100 West King Street
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464

Description: “From Richard Allen to Cecil B. Moore: Stories of Freedom and Hope”
A Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speakers presentation (Pottsgrove Manor is located near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.) 

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Saturday, June 20, 2009 7/20/09 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Juneteenth Celebration at Stenton Historic House

4601 North 18th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19140

P/F:  215-329-7312

www.stenton.org

Celebrate Juneteenth (in conjunction with the 2008 West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival) and explore the rich history of African American freedom in Germantown. Juneteenth commemorates the date in 1865 that slaves in Galveston, Texas first received word of emancipation, nearly two years after Lincoln’s proclamation. At Stenton, performers associated with Keepers of the Culture, including Linda Goss, Philadelphia’s Official Storyteller, provided two days of traditional African and African-American storytelling, singing and dancing, and crafts.


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6/13/09 - 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

The West Park Arts Festival

The School of the Future

40th Street and Parkside Avenue

Philadelphia, PA

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05/28/09 - 7:00PM
Mother & Daughter Tea

Leslie Pickney Hill Elementary School

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03/08/2009 02:45 PM -
National Association of Blacks In Criminal Justice- PA Chapter

 10th and Wallace Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
Description: African-American History Month Celebration

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02/25/2009 08:30 AM - Abington Jr. High School
2056 Susquehanna Road
Abington, Pennsylvania 19001
Description: African American History Month Assemblies

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02/09/2009 06:30 PM - Charles Santore Branch Free Library of Philadelphia
932 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

Cost:free

Description:From Richard Allen to Cecil B. Moore
A Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speakers presentation 



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02/11/2009 04:00 PM - Overbrook Park Branch Free Library of Philadelphia 

7422 Haverford Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19151

Cost:free

Description:Black History Month Family Program 

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12/08/2008 08:00 PM -
Elizabethtown College

1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 17022
Description:His Story, My Story, Our Story
A Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speakers presentation Hosted by Elizabethtown College History Department 

 

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11/30/2008 02:00 PM - Central Library of Philadelphia, Montgomery Auditorium
19th & Arch Streets (Ben Franklin Parkway)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Description: Portrayal of Sojourner Truth w/Keepers of the Culture, Inc. presents THE SOULS OF FREEDOM...a living history of Africans In America 



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10/25/2008 07:00 PM - Patterson’s Palace Restaurant

1621 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121

Description: The Tantalizing Vocal Excellence of Braheem Najee. Tickling the ivory keys, keyboardist, Musa James The incomparable vocal styling of Amedeus Underwood And Storyteller Extraordinaire Denise Valentine with the Drumming Stylings of Omar Harrison Ticket information, Call 215-839-2903 or 215-236-3902 Tickets: $35.00/per person or $50 per couple Includes Full-course Dinner, Drinks, and Show 

 

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   10/05/2008 08:00 PM - Philadelphia Folksong Society Monthly Concert

Commodore Barry Club 6815 Emlen St. (Carpenter Lane)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119

Description: Opening for UK folk legend Michael Chapman and instrumental guitarist Jack Rose. Info: www.pfs.org 

 

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   06/27/2008 11:00 AM - Young Achievers, Inc. 

Finletter Elementary School

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120

Description:A program of the Young Achievers Learning Center, Inc. 

 

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   06/21/2008 03:00 PM - Historic Stenton House Story Festival 

4601 N 18th Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140

Description:African American Storytelling, Traditional Music, & Tours in conjunction with the West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival, sponsored by OARC – Saturday & Sunday, June 21-22, 10 AM - 5 PM each day – It’s Storytelling Time! A Journey through African American Storytelling and other African Traditions presented by Linda Y. Goss and other members of Keepers of the Culture. Tours emphasizing the African-American presence at Stenton. Free. www.stenton.org 

 

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  05/31/2008 10:00 AM - Weaving Stories, Textile Tales @ Please Touch Museum 

210 N. 21st Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Cost:Museum Admission

Description:Weaving Stories, Textile Tales Patterns and Symbols in African Folktales and Fabric Two day event May 31st - June 1st 10:00am - 12:00pm 2:00pm - 4:00pm http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/ African cultural patterns and symbols are expressed in stories and proverbs, carved on wood, and woven into cloth. In West Africa, weaving plays an important role in all aspects of daily life. The intricate patterns and symbols on each Kente, Adinkra, Bogolanfini or Adire cloth tell a story. Storyteller, Denise Valentine, tells Weaving Stories and Textile Tales with colorful people, talking animals, humor, suspense, and action all brought to life with music and movement. 

 

 

 

 

   

 
 

 

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Denise Valentine's performances have been enjoyed by:


Central Library Summer Camp Series, Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional, Widener, Haddington, Nicetown Branch

African American Museum of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Germantown Juneteenth Freedom Festival

Paul Robeson Historic House

Belmont Mansion
Union League
Civil War Museum of Philadelphia
Kwanzaa Cooperatives’ Founder’s Day Lecture

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

Jamaican Jerk Hut

Vernon Park People’s Festival

African American Extravaganza at Penn’s Landing

3rd Thursdays @ Club Beyond

Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, NJ

Little John Community Center Book Fair, Clemson University, S.C.

 

Impact Services

Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia

Grand Central Kinship Care

Unitarian Universalist House

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Temple University Children’s Medical Center

Fairmount Health Center

Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, Black History Month Observance

Greater Mt. Carmel C.O.G.I.C., NJ

Garden State Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill, NJ

Across Ages, Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning

Build-A-Bridge International, Community Arts Program

FOP Lodge, Camden, NJ

Hayes Juvenile Detention Center, NJ

 

School District of Philadelphia:           

Harding Middle School

Germantown High School

Germantown Friends School

Frederick Douglass Elementary School

Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School

Russell Byers Charter School

Harambee Institute of Science & Technology Charter School

Imhotep Institute Charter School

Pickett Middle School Head Start

Mastery Charter High School

 


One Book/One Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia Inc.s' "Once Upon A Nation"
America's 400th Anniversary, Godspeed Landing Party Festival at Penn’s Landing

WYBE “Philly Live”, Urban Legends

Urban Cable Works, Black History Month Profiles

Urban Cable Works, "Dr. Faye Talk Show"

Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Muse Gallery, “Faultlines”

Florida Nature and Culture Center, “Creating a Century of Women”       

READ ALOUD Delaware, Presenter, Annual Conference, March 2003

Network of Communities for Peace Making and Conflict Resolution, 2003 National Conference and Expo, Atlanta, GA

3rd Annual Philadelphia Earth Charter Community Summits

National Assoc. of Black Storytellers' Adopt-a-Teller: Kids Klub Afterschool Program, Pawtucket RI
Sibikwa Community Theatre in Benoni, South Africa