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Afiah Bey, Griot/Storyteller - Big Thought Artist

"The Art of Storytelling" a Residency with Griot/Storyteller Afiah Bey

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer
Residency, On Campus Program
Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Community/Fam., Special Ed


AGO!(yoruba language) ATTENTION! With this 5 or 10 day residency knowledge, meaning, history, and the significance of the Griot/Storyteller will be told as participants become characters, musicians, dancers, and visual artists to have their own theater performance.

Students Will

  • gain an understanding of what is a griot/storyteller.
  • listen and learn the story to decide on characters.
  • be introduced to musical instruments used as sounds in the story
  • act out the story as it is being told.
  • make arts and crafts which reflect the story.
  • pick costumes and perform for the school/community.


Dates: Sept. 2019-Aug. 2020
Times: 8am - 3pm
Duration: 45 mins. - 1 hour per day
School Fee: $175 for 1 hour long session.
Minimum Attendance: 22
Maximum Attendance: 30
Bilingual: Yes
Technical Needs: Stage with a microphone or a spacious room for practice. Stage/mics for final performance
Other Information: Available various days for After-school programs

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: Option1: Email [email protected] to schedule a program at least two weeks before the program date. Confirmed when you receive your contract via email. Option 2: Go to to book a request. Option 3: Call 214-374-1192
Deadline: 2 week advance notice
Cancellation Policy: Should illness, inclement weather or other unforseen circumstances take place Melody offers the option of rescheduling. Full payment required if program is canceled on the day of program.
After School Policy: A teacher/employee must remain with class at all times. Preferable if teacher participates in the program.

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