Our Mission:

cultural connection

Connect the generations through the power of storytelling and to their shared history.


Our 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, as well as through educational and cultural experiences. 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 along with professional development workshops for those interested in enhancing cultural awareness, and improving their performances and communication skills. All these elements come together to create Funda Fest.

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Our Impact

The messages in the stories are a vehicle for socio-emotional learning, the potential for connecting storytelling to literacy, and our ability to provide students with an opportunity to hear and tell stories that are connected to their heritage. Our opportunities to also enage teachers to beeter understand and connect with their diverse student population.


Storytellers in Schools

Each year, schools all over Rhode Island have storytellers come in and provide a place of discovery and exploration of the diverse ways we express ourselves.



Years Serving communities

Creating inter-generational connection through the power of storytelling.



Thousand children Impacted

By the power of storytelling, educating and empowering pride and understanding of shared heritage. 


May 2018

“It engages all students and families, and is highly participatory. It represents a tradition that is not showcased in school curriculum.”



Our Programs

Bring us to your schools or office to help spread education and history through the African tradition of storytelling. Connect with you community through our various events and programming throughout the year geared towards bridging the gap between the generations through art, play and storytelling. 


Storytelling in Schools

School participants invite 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.

The Sowing Place 

Sowing Place is designed to connect existing public and private food-oriented and creative placemaking initiatives underway in the West End and Upper South Providence neighborhoods. The City will engage artist facilitators to design and implement the collaborative planning process.
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Intergenerational Farmers Market 

The program aims to reduce social isolation and its negative health consequences for the elderly by bridging the gap between the ages and improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income populations.
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Story Circles

An intimate opportunity to experience RIBS storytelling in person. Hosted by a RIBS member/friend, come and be in community with us: listening to stories, learning about our organization, and celebrating black history/culture through a night for grown folks!


Get Involved

Rhode Island Black Storytellers could not exist without the support of you and local partnerships throughout the state.  Continue helping to foster pride by supporting in one of the many ways avaiable. 


Request a Program

Interested in learning more about one of our programs? 

Volunteer opportunities

Interested in finding out how your skills and passions can help?


Make a Donation

Interested in keeping storytelling and  the arts alive for your community?