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Our Community Partners

Mixed Magic Theatre
Providence Children’s Museum
Southside Cultural Center
Westerly Library
YWCA Rhode Island

Schools Participation - 2018

Bishop McVinney School
Broad Rock Middle School
Claiborne Pell Elementary
Delsesto Middle School
Dr. Martin Luther King School
(EBCAP) East Bay Community Action Program
Fishing Cove Elementary
Fort Barton Elementary
Frank E. Thompson Middle School
Frenchtown Elementary
George Hanaford Elementary
Gilbert Stuart Middle School
Hopkins Hill School
International Charter School
James Eldredge Elementary
Meadow Brook Farms
Meeting Street School
Mount Pleasant High School
Ocean State Montessori School
Nathaneal Greene Middle School
Peace Dale Elementary
Pell Annex at John F Kennedy
Providence College
Rockwell School
Roger Williams Middle School
Stadium School

The Learning Community
(UCAP) Urban Collaborative Acceleration Program
Wakefield Hills Elementary School
West Kingston Elementary



  • Providence Community Libraries

    Mount Pleasant


FUNDA means "to teach and learn" in Zulu and KiSwahili

FUNDA offers the best in cultural "edu-tainment"

This much anticipated and highly visible event is the flagship of RIBS programming and reaches a statewide audiences of thousands. Each January for the week of the Martin Luther King Holiday, RIBS tellers, local artists and invited national and international guests bring the best of Black Storytelling to Rhode Island and Southern New England . For an entire week, Rhode Island will experience some of the best cultural arts programming across the state for the 20th year in a row.


Festival Schedule – January -13-20, 2018


Saturday, Jan. 13
Family Storytelling Concert
Westerly Public Library
44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI
1 pm – 3 pm
Free Public Event



Monday, Jan. 14
MLK: Amazing Grace
Providence Children’s Museum
100 South St, Providence, RI
Event: 11, am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm
Show Free with Museum Admission



Thursday, Jan. 18
YWCA Rhode Island
Northern RI Campus
514 Blackstone St, Woonsocket, RI
6:30 pm – 8 pm
Free Family Event




Sunday, Jan. 14

From Shakespeare to Hiphop
Words and Music featuring
Regie Gibson, Marlon Carey, and band 
Southside Cultural Center of RI
393 Broad Street, Providence
Doors open: 3:30 pm
Event: - 4-6 pm
Ticket price: $15, Cash bar, Food available for purchase


Tuesday, Jan. 16
Storytellers in the Schools and Community

venues across Rhode Island. To book a teller at your school,

contact Pattie Horton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Friday, Jan. 19
Liar’s Contest: RIBS FIBS
Mixed Magic Theatre
560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket
Doors open: 7 pm, Event: 8 pm
Cash Bar and Concession Stand
Prizes and Trophies, 50/50 Raffle
Ticket price: $10



Saturday, Jan. 20
All Events at the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island
393 Broad St, Providence
Secured Parking

10am – 12pm:
Storytelling Workshop with Ilene Evans
“Bringing Our History to Life”
See website- Events for more details
Ticket price: $15


Family Storytelling Workshop with Masankho


12-1 pm: Food Truck/Food and Shop with local vendors

1 pm: Family Storytelling Concert
Enjoy the stories and music of local artists, including youth performers, and featured tellers


7 pm: Mix Mingle and Music

 8 pm: Music Grown Folks Storytelling

50/50 Raffle
Cash Bar
Ticket price: $15


Full festival information and tickets, registration (including discounted Festival Pass)


Funda Fest 20 is made possible in part by support from:

AMICA Insurance
Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
New England Foundation for the Arts
Providence Shelter for Colored Children
Rhode Island State Council for the Arts



Community Partners
Westerly Library
YWCA Rhode Island
Providence Children’s Museum
Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island
Mixed Magic Theatre