Source: Denise Valentine
Description: Denise Valentine is a professional storyteller, historical performer, teaching folk artist and cultural arts consultant. Her storytelling performance illustrates the power of story to transcend differences between people, transform negativity and inspire hope. The storyteller delights audiences with traditional folktales from around the world flavored with colorful people, talking animals, humor, suspense and action; all brought to life with music, movement and a captivating voice. Her performance/workshop, Historytelling, integrates archival research, folk heritage and oral history to demonstrate the role of the expressive cultural arts–stories, music, songs and dance—in sustaining communities.