Strings Attached, An Uncommon Mix of Stories and Sounds
Master musician and Strathmore Artist-in-Residence Niccolo Seligmann and Master Storyteller Sheila Arnold connect their art to create an unique program of African-American and southern stories and poems, featuring early music and instruments. This artistic collaboration has produced a program that will make youth and adults want to hear their musical stories over and over again. These endearing, thought-provoking, humorous and educational tales are made even more vivid with Niccolo's live, improvised soundtrack. Niccolo and Sheila end this program with a time for Q&A about how they came to collaborate, the stories told and instruments used, and how this program was developed. 45–60 minute program, for ages 12+.
Storytellers Sheila Arnold and Adam Booth share Christmas and winter season songs, ballads and stories from the Appalachian and African-American cultures. This high energy 1-1/2 hour program will stir memories, show shared connections between people, and warm the heart during the Christmas season. Come ready to join in song, laugh at humorous stories and be inspired to share the joy of the season with others. See video below for a preview.
Locks Opened Storytelling Series
"Waterways to Freedom" - This program is historical storytelling at its best. Through story and song Master Storyteller, Sheila Arnold, shares about local waterways that were part of the Underground Railroad. Most of the stories are from an 1870s book written by William Still, a Conductor for the Underground Railroad and Secretary of the Philadelphia Abolitionist Society. His book shares the stories of over 500 people who ran from slavery, including some who used the locks, canals and waterways to escape. Discover these stories that will make you begin your own search into local history and help you understand what the desire for freedom can make a person overcome. A one hour program, that is continually changing because new information is being found. For all ages. There are 6 other programs that are a part of this series including "Left Behind", "EXTRA ORDINARY", "Law and Order: Resistance", "CAUGHT", "Children at the Border" and "Sanctuary."