Participant Availability up to 25 Participants between the ages of 6 – up
To participate you must RSVP through Eventbrite below.
The Carnegie Library opened on August 14, 1914. Its story is a story of struggle, perseverance, determination, sacrifice, commitment, philanthropy, pride, and victory!
We all have our own personal stories. What’s Yours?
In collaboration with Live Oak Library, Savannah African Art Museum will facilitate a “Tell Your Story” Workshop at the historic Carnegie Library to celebrate the library’s Anniversary. Attendees will create a personalized journal to begin authoring their own story by expressing who they are, their gifts/talents, victories, aspirations, etc. They will have access to African print fabric, Adinkra symbol stamps, and other stamps to design and decorate their journals; along with a list of Affirmations, African Proverbs, and Quotes as inspiration to get started. Attendees are invited to bring a photo of themselves to personalize their journals.
The activity will be complemented by viewing a Ted Talk video of award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, entitled “The Danger of a Single Story.” She shares how she found her authentic cultural voice and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Storytelling is a universal art that exists in every culture to pass on cultural traditions, knowledge, history, and experiences from one generation to the next. This is evidenced in African art, as you can see when taking a West or Central African tour at the Savannah African Art Museum. Storytelling in African culture goes back to ancient times. It also plays a role in passing on codes of behavior and maintaining order in the community. This is accomplished by the gift of the storyteller, who in parts of West Africa is known as a Griot (pronounced gree-oh). Griots entertain, inspire, and engage their audience while educating them. Perhaps you are the Griot of your family or community!
Registered workshop participants will meet at The Carnegie Library (537 East Henry Street, Savannah, GA 31401). The workshop will be held from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This workshop will be limited occupancy so to secure your seat you must register through the Eventbrite link below.
Seats are limited and we ask that if you do register that you please arrive on time for the workshop so that the space can be utilized.
Masks and Social Distancing will be recommended