The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is hosting the 16th Annual Danville Storytelling Festival: Keeping the Oral Tradition Alive on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Through songs, rhymes, memories and tales, rich in humor, the Storytelling Festival continues to keep alive the storytelling oral tradition. This year’s featured tellers are Beverly Fields Burnette, Raleigh, NC, Karla Mitchell Diggs, Murfreesboro, TN, Carrington Kay, Roanoke, VA, Fred Motley, Danville, Gary Nichols, Whiteville, NC, LaTanya Pattillo, Chadbourne, NC, Tammy Tillotson, Chase City VA, Josephus Thompson III & The Poetry Project, Greensboro, NC, and performances by The Kummba Dance Company. The event is free and open to the public. Museum admission is free during the event.
Citizens Recognition recipients who through their careers and community activism have inspired social, cultural and economic progress that has seeped into all communities of Danville and the Dan River Region will be honored during the festival at 1:00 pm. The Community Service Award recipients for this year are; Constance Covington, Mae Gayle Dalton, Susan Dalton, Justin Ferrell, Elizabeth Shumaker Goodman, Cindi Poteat, Betty Thaxton, George Thaxton and Von Wellington.
Fred Motley, the festival organizer, says "As long as we have stories to tell and songs to sing about what we used to do, what we are doing now and what we plan to do, our communities and our spirits should never show signs of desolation." For centuries when people have come together they told stories as a time honored form of entertainment to celebrated families, community and passed along wisdom. Stories are formed with words and words are thoughts verbally expressed. Thoughts and words are powerful medicine for the soul. Storytelling through the magic of spoken words not only preserves traditions but open doors into worlds of imagination, identity and listening.
The event is partially funded through grants from; Danville Parks and Recreation, Local Government Challenge Grant Program, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Sponsors include; Burrell Notary and Tax Services, First State Bank, Pittsylvania County NAACP, URW Community Federal Credit Union and Virginia State Conferences Danville Chapter NAACP.
With the generous support of these organizations, the event is held free and for the general public.
The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is located at 975 Main Street in Danville, Virginia. Call (434) 793-5644 for more information or visit their website. www.danvillemuseum.org.