About the artist
Annamaria Crider is the Co-Founder of “Tragedy, Trains, Truth, and Tales”; Family Storytelling Team, and originally began her journey as a Storyteller and Spiritual Code Song Singer with her mother, the late, Co-Founder, Virginia Wesley who was a gifted and well-known storyteller in Indiana and parts of Virginia. Ms. Crider’s presentation makes history come alive by visual arts, drama, Social Studies, U.S. History and music. Annamaria is a vocalist who melodiously captivates audiences while singing patriotic and spiritual hymns and she deciphers the meaning in the lyrics; explaining how the songs were used as a ‘secret code’ communication during chattel slavery in the United States of America (USA). Ms. Crider’s workshop includes a brief oratorical historical journey that describes how a variety of quilts camouflaged as a secret meaning while being displayed during slavery and on the Underground Railroad during the “Civil War” to signal symbols and messages crucial to the traveler as the instruction while seeking their freedom and refuge during the 17th through the 19th centuries. She guides students as they create their own quilt pattern from paper and express the reason they chose the pattern. Ms. Crider portrays a ‘run-away slave’, named “Sophia” who and shares reflections on daughter of Sojourner Truth and Sojourner’s escape to her freedom along with her life as a slave and as an abolitionist. Annamaria joined Arts for Learning’s roster of teaching artists in March 2020.
Ms. Crider’s Teaching Artist Workshop(s) last forty-five minutes and they’re intended to educate student’s of all ages (from kindergarten through adults). Audience size for the workshop is limited based on adherence to guidelines regulated by Arts For Learning and the State of Indiana (due to safety regulations and/for social distancing imposed) to ensure health, safety and non-contact precautions are adhered to.