Upcoming Events

 

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RIBS will be presenting

workshops and stories, at the

19th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival

 

Sept. 9 - 12pm - 4pm 

 

12 pm: Drumming and Stories Begin

 

12:30 pm: Puppet and Storymaking

with Ramona Bass Kolobe, "aka"

The Watermelon Lady!"

 

2 pm: Drumming and Stories

with Raffini, Valerie Tutson and Ramona

 

3-4 pm: Story Circle: Come join us

and share Your Story

 

  

SAVE THE DATE!

 

FUNDA FEST 20

 

A Celebration of Black Storytelling

 

Jan. - 14-20, 2018 

 

 

 

Our Community Partners

Direct Action For Rights And Equality

Florence Gray Center of Newport

Little Rest Storytellers

Mix Magic Theatre
Providence Children’s Museum

Rhode Island Latino Arts

Southside Cultural Center
Westerly Library
YWCA Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

Schools Participation - 2017
  • Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy
    Broad Rock Middle School
    Delsesto Middle School
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary
    East Bay Community Action Head Start
    Fort Barton Elementary
    Frenchtown Elementary
    Ferri Middle School
    George R. Hanaford Elementary
    Hopkins Hills Elementary
    International Charter School
    James Eldredge Elementary
    John F. Horgan Elementary

    Mary E. Fogarty School
    Meadowbrook Farms Elementary
    Montessori Children House
    Meeting Street School
    Nathaniel Greene Middle School
    Ocean State Montessori School
    Pell Elementary
    Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary
    Robert L. Bailey IV Elementary
    Rochambeau Community Library
    Rockwell Elementary
    The Learning Community
    The Pennfield School
    The Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. & Charlotte Woods Elementary
    Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (UCAP)
    Wakefield Hill Elementary
    West Kingston Elementary School

     

    Libraries
    Rochambeau Library
    South Providence Library
    Wanskuck Library





About

Mission:

Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, educational, and cultural experiences.


About RIBS:
Annually, RIBS presents FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling. This much anticipated and highly visible event is the flagship RIBS program and reaches a statewide audience of several thousand. The week long celebration is observed from Martin Luther King birthday (Monday) through the following Sunday, every January. Tellers present a variety of performances and workshops throughout the state of Rhode Island, from school performances for K-12 to intergenerational and family work shops, to evening spoken word and storytelling concerts for adult audiences.

In addition, RIBS tellers appear at numerous arts and community events throughout the year. The organization offers workshops in storytelling, writing, and related arts as a part of the development of the next generation of storytellers. And RIBS also presents professional development workshops for adults interested in enhancing cultural awareness, performances and communication skills.

 

What Schools Say About Funda:
RIBS is thankful for all FUNDA FEST school participants for inviting tellers to share their stories with their student bodies year after year, in support of our mission of promoting the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, educational, and cultural experiences.

Here are a few reflections of FUNDA FEST K-12 school performances:

"Rochel Coleman did a great job! He was very good with kids! " Wilbur-McMahon

"Christylez was fabulous! He performed for our middle school students and did a great job of engaging the crowd and making all feel very comfortable. He is a nice, calm, gently talented man. We would love to have him return. Thank You!" St. Michaels Country Day

'Deb Asante performed for our grades 1-4. She was fabulous. She spoke to the children at their level, and was entertaining and very pleasant. The faculty raved about her after she left. Thank You!" St. Michaels Country Day

"Carolyn does an outstanding job of matching the schools needs with the appropriate performer. She makes sure that each year's program is new and of a high caliber. Over the years we have never been disappointed. Carolyn is a pleasure to work with." Rocky Hill

"I have requested Teju for several years now. The entire staff and the children love seeing him. The kids even remember the stories he has told in previous years. Although I am retiring this year, I hope my successor opts to have a RIBS teller come next year." Rhodes

"As always we love to have Valerie Tutson come to our school. She is execellent!!" UCAP

"Rochel Coleman did a excellent job. He kept the audience involved and excited.  We would definitely have him back." Wilbur-McMahon

"Christylez Bacon's performance was just super! The students were just so intrigued and excited that a Grammy nominee was performing at their school. Whether the students were 9th or 12th graders, the overall feeling were that this was the best assembly that they had attended and the teachers agreed. Chris kept the students totally engaged with his hip hop style of music, plus his human beat box skills. The highlight of the show was his freestyle rapping skills of rhyming words called from the students in the crowd, that he put into a rap song on the spot." Mt Hope High School

"This is my last year at this school and I will be sure to recommend this program to our middle school PTO! For the past 6 years at  Horgan we have been VERY pleased with all of the performers that have been at our school. Keep up the wonderful work." Horgan Elementary

"As always Len Cabral's performance was wonderful. he is very good at judging how long the students are able to focus and attend."-International Charter School

"Fabulous presentation! We will participate each year." Clayville

"The children enjoyed the storytellers. It reinforces the importance of stories, writing, reading etc. It was a great experience. The students were especially touched by Valerie Tutson's Haitian folktale. It was timely considering the earthquake in Haiti had just taken place." MLK Elementary

"Chris was a polite, humble, incredibly talented young artist. The children and faculty loved it!" Eldredge

"Teju did a terrific job tying his stories to our curriculum on a few moments notice! Thanks! Broad Rock Middle School

"Thanks so much to Carolyn For organizing our program a wonderful performer as Christylez!!" Hanaford

"We want to have a storyteller next year! We love it!!!" Highlander Charter School

"Everything Chris did was superb. The students and the staff were enthralled by Chris and in the past we had Len Cabral come and grace us with his presence as well. You could hear a pin drop during the performances, except when everyone was laughing. The students were respectful and engaging when asking questions. They were inspired and for our students that speaks volumes. Having Chris here has inspired staff and some students to try and form a music elective as many students would like to learn more about playing music and writing raps. Many students hung around after the performance to speak to Chris and thank him personally." Ocean Tides

"The historical story that Deborah Asante told was perfect for middle school age children. She had them enrapt. Her use of music was great. Thank you for making this possible for us!" Meadow Brook Waldorf

"Great performance highly entertaining!!!" Hopkins Hill
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