PPL Presents Family FUNDay 14...with RI Black Storytellers, Saturday, January 21

In conjunction with RI Black Storytellers, Providence Public Library is pleased to present Family FUNDay at PPL on Saturday, January 21 from 12:30 – 4:00 PM at PPL Central Library (Auditorium & Barnard Room, 3rd Floor).  This FREE program is part of RIBS’ 14th annual FUNDA FEST, a Celebration of Black Storytelling. 

Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) presents its 14th Annual FUNDA FEST, bringing workshops, story swaps, school shows, and public performances of spoken word, love stories, folk tales, and true stories from Westerly to Woonsocket, Providence to Newport.

FUNDA means to teach and to learn in Zulu and Kiswahili. RIBS’ mission is to promote the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black storytelling through performance, educational, cultural, and historical experiences.

Whether you are a kid, have a kid, or are a kid at heart, stories are for all of us, no matter what age, culture or experience. Join us!

Family FUN-Day Schedule

12:30 - 2:00 pm: Barnard Room, 3rd Floor

Intergenerational Storytelling Workshop with Lyn Ford 

This year’s workshop will be led by nationally recognized storyteller Lyn Ford. Lyn is a fourth-generation Afrilachian* storyteller.  She is a teaching artist with the Greater Columbus Arts Council and workshop facilitator with both GCAC and the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center. A writer, published in storytelling magazines and newsletters, as well as teachers' enrichment books and story anthologies, she is also a recording artist of award-winning CDs and a Laughter Yoga leader.   For more on Lyn Ford 

*Afrilachian or Affrilachian: of  African American heritage and history, from the region called Appalachia. (Much gratitude to Frank X Walker, for creating this wonderful word!) 

2:30 pm: Auditorium Theater, 3rd Floor

Family Storytelling Concert featuring RI Black Storytellers and invited guests.  All invited to take part!

Weeklong Event Schedule January 15 – 22, 2012:  FundaFest14

Sunday, January 15, 2012, 2 pm:  Family Storytelling Concert

Westerly Public Library

44 Broad Street Westerly, RI

(401) 596‐2877

Donations accepted


Monday, January 16, 2012, 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm

MLK: Amazing Grace at the Providence Children’s Museum

100 South St. Providence, RI

(401) 273‐5437

Free with museum admission.


School Performances Tuesday - Friday

RIBS tellers and invited guests perform statewide.

To book a performance in your school, contact April Brown at 401-439-6841.


Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:30 8 pm

Family Storytelling Concert

YWCA Northern RI

514 Blackstone St., Woonsocket, RI (401)‐769‐7450

$1 Children, $.50 Adults


Thursday, January 19, 2012, 7 – 10 pm

A Night of Spoken Word Poetry, World Rhythms and Open MIc

ROOTS Cultural Center

276 Westminster St. Providence, RI


Friday, January 20, 2012, 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm; sign up at 7:30 pm)

1st Annual Liar’s Contest/Storytelling and Spoken Word

ROOTS Cultural Center

276 Westminster St. Providence, RI

(401) 272‐7422



Saturday, January 21, 2012

FREE FAMILY FUNDay at Providence Public Library

12:30 – 2 pm:  Storytelling Workshop w/Lyn Ford

2:30 – 4 pm:  Family Storytelling Concert

150 Empire St., Providence, RI

(401) 455‐8000


Storytelling Concert:  RISD Auditorium, 8 pm

17 Canal St. Providence, RI

401 709‐8402

Marketplace Doors open at 7pm

$10 In advance; $15 at the door. www.ArtTixRI.com


Sunday, January 22, 2012, 2 pm:  Family Storytelling Concert

Martin Luther King Center

20 Marcus Wheatland Blvd.

Newport, RI

(401) 846‐4828

Donations accepted


For Full Festival Information: www.ribsfest.org

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