Stories Build Bridges with the Ubuntu Storytellers!

Friday, December 4, at 8:00 pm, virtual performance

The Ubuntu Storytellers is a new ensemble of experienced black, brown, and biracial performers who tell stories of “being” as well as of “being in the skin we’re in.” The tellers are Sheila Arnold, Reverend Kevin (Rev Kev) Ewing, Denise Keyes, Cynthia Rojas, Denise Santisteban, and Laconia Therrio.

This performance for adults will feature personal stories that reflect joys and triumphs and disappointments. You will also hear stories about encounters with racism, prejudice, and microaggression.

A Series of two Zoom Workshops (for adults) will follow on Saturdays, December 5th and 12th, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Participants will delve deeper into the content of the stories, exploring their feelings about the issues presented through simulations, telling their own stories, and asking more personal questions of themselves as unconscious, collective biases are uncovered. Facilitators will also use break out rooms for smaller, more intimate discussions. These workshops will help attendees process what their hearts and minds have heard.

Our goal? To help participants increase their understanding, and continue to examine and challenge their individual behaviors, perhaps even their organizational policies and practices. Facilitated dialogue, exercises and/or simulations will help people to process the impact of the shared stories.

In today’s heightened awareness of institutionalized racism, social inequity, and white privilege, storytelling is uniquely positioned to bring people together in an environment of co-respectful telling and listening.

Made possible by a grant from Connecticut Humanities, this program is free but you must register to secure your spot. The virtual performance will accommodate more than 100 attendees but the workshops are open to 25 attendees, who must commit to attending both workshops and the concert. The last chance to register is December 4 at 6:00 pm.

Come and be a part of this important conversation!

In this time of the pandemic and political turmoil, we need human connection more than ever!

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