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Bob Sander & Deborah Asante

About the artist

Bob Sander, based in Indianapolis, specializes in the art of storytelling. A practitioner since the early 1980s, he has been been working with students through Arts For Learning for more than 20 years. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Indiana University, where he studied under the writer Scott Sanders. When working with students, Bob tells folktales, personal and family stories, literary and historical tales, and presents workshops and residencies on a variety of story-related topics. Bob has been the recipient of the Frank Basile Emerging Stories Grant and the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Grant, and he spent 13 years as the resident storyteller for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. “I think regular exposure to storytelling is a powerful way to open up and understand many other areas of curriculum,” Bob said. “It’s a tool to deepen students’ appreciation for other cultures, and it is a means to broaden students’ understanding of themselves.” To learn more about Bob, visit his website.

Deborah Asante is a storytelling and performance artist based in Indianapolis. A practitioner of her art form for more than 20 years, Deborah has worked with Arts for Learning for more than 10 years. In her performances, Deborah uses words to paint pictures, transporting young audiences to different locations and eras throughout history. “I work hard to ensure that the words I choose and the timbre of my voice will connect with the listener’s imagination and easily pull them into a shared experience of the story,” she says. Throughout her career, Deborah has received numerous awards, including the Aesop Cup for Tall Tales and the Zora Neale Hurston Award from the National Association of Black Storytellers. The Arts Council of Indianapolis has also honored her twice as a Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. “Storytelling seeds the imagination and strengthens vocabulary,” she says. “I always hope to inspire children to tell their own stories and deepen their appreciation stories and literature in general. Students are always reachable, even when it appears otherwise.” To learn more about Deborah, visit her website.

Programs

Tapestry

Performance

Students will experience two stories told in tandem, with tales full of conflict and differences, healing, and growth. These issues become different colored threads in the tapestry of this interwoven story.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $763 Double: $1,139

Stories from the Underground Railroad

Performance

In this dramatic storytelling event, the perils of the enslaved people’s escape to freedom are shared as the characters travel along the informal route known as the Underground Railroad. Songs, rhythms and the story of the lives of two children bring these tales to life.

This program meets standards in Black History Month Language Arts Listening & Speaking Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $763 Double: $1,139

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