Our Programs


Tellers in schools

During the annual FUNDA Fest local Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) tellers and spoken word artists, as well as invited national and international guests will be available to visit your school. We hope you’ll take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to add storytelling to your curriculum and to expose your students to the richness of Black history and African culture worldwide. We can also provide supplemental material for your curriculum, along with specific information as to which particular common core standards are addressed through storytelling.

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.

Interested in year long addition to your curriculum, complete the form and we will be in touch!



Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening




Sowing Place - Sankofa Market

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. Key community-based partners of Sowing Place include: West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation’s Sankofa Initiative; Southside Cultural Center; Environmental Justice League of RI; the African Alliance of Rhode Island; RI Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); residents and neighborhood youth arts organizations.

“Food and cultural expression are inextricably tied together, and have been throughout history,” said Stacey Barbas, senior program officer with Kresge’s Health Program. “FreshLo seeks to use that relationship to help local organizations build creative and invigorating pathways to better health and opportunity in urban low-income neighborhoods.”


1st Saturday of the month, May-Dec
11AM - 3PM


Southside Cultural Center
393 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02907


401 453.3220 ext.11


Story Cirlce

A Night for Grown Folks!

An intimate opportunity to experience Rhode Island Black 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
*appetizers, desserts, drinks, and stories


3rd Thursday each month