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Deborah Asante

About the artist

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

This Little Light of Mine: Civil Rights Through the Eyes of a Child

Performance

Listeners will experience the story of the Children’s Crusade of 1963 through the eyes of one of the children who marched. Students will learn more about this dramatic event from the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

This program meets standards in Black History Month Language Arts Listening & Speaking Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $438 Double: $688

Rolling Down the Avenue

Performance

Using the recorded music of Indiana jazz musician Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson as a backdrop, students will hear the story of a child coming of age in Indianapolis in the 1940’s. The tale examines what it must have been like to grow up on Indiana Avenue in Lockfield Gardens during the first jazz heyday in Indianapolis.

This program meets standards in Black History Month Indiana History Language Arts Listening & Speaking Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $438 Double: $688

Once Upon a Time in Africa

Performance

Choose from five versions of African folktales: West African, East African, North African, South African, and the Continent.

This program meets standards in African Culture Language Arts Listening & Speaking Social Studies World History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $438 Double: $688

Asante Tales

Performance

Beginning with original stories, and ending with improvised stories and games, students will leave this performance knowing the importance of telling their own stories.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $438 Double: $688

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