Charlotte Blake Alston
November 7-10, 2018
Nationally acclaimed storyteller, narrator, instrumentalist, librettist and singer Charlotte Blake Alston will be in residence November 7-10. Having performed at venues throughout the world, this master storyteller breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. She believes in the importance of keeping alive and sharing diverse cultural traditions and that when children can see themselves through the artist, through the stories or songs, through the characters’ strengths, weaknesses, failings, and triumphs; their humanity, their gifts and their human experience are validated. Her solo performances are often enhanced with traditional instruments such as djembe, mbira, shekere, or the 21-stringed kora. During her residency, Alston will present educational lectures and demonstrations for elementary through college-age students, as well as giving performances for the public.