A Celebration of Black Storytelling
 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.

2019 Guest Tellers and Performers

Click on a photo to read more about each FUNDA Fest guest!


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Achievement First Iluminar Hope Valley Elementary School Pennfield School
Bishop McVinney School Hopkins Hill Elementary School Rockwell Elementary
Broad Rock Middle School International Charter School Roger Williams Middle School
Delsesto Middle School James Eldredge Elementary SouthSide Elementary Charter
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Meadow Brook Farms The Hope Academy
EBCAP Head Start Meeting Street Times2 STEM Academy
Fort Barton School Montessori Children's House Urban Collaborative (UCAP)
Frenchtown Elementary Mount Pleasant High School Wakefield Hills Elementary
George Hanaford Elementary Nathanael Greene Middle School Warwick Neck Elementary Gilbert Stuart Middle School Ocean State Montessori School

Participating Libraries

Rochambeau Library
Wanskuck Library
Washington Park Library
Westerly Library

2019 Sponsors

, Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Newport County Fund, Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism,  Providence Shelter for Colored Children, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Scott and Natalie Kuldell Fund, The Expansion Arts Program, Turnaround Arts, YWCA Rhode Island, Westerly Public Library,

2019 community partners

Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island, Providence Community Library, Community MusicWorks, Music ‘n More at Lily Pads, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, Justice and Witness Ministries of Beneficent Congregational Church, UCC