Celebrating Culture with Foundation Funding
During the summer of 2018, Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library and Salem Panola Library used Foundation mini grant funds to bring the Bright Star Touring Theatre to their communities.The Bright Star Touring Theatre offers literary, curriculum- and character-education based classics that entertain as well as educate. Audience members at Wesley Chapel Library enjoyed African Folktales. African music helped set the stage for these energetic stories of the folktale traditions from across Africa. Salem-Panola Library featured Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History. This production highlighted the role music played in the history of African Americans such as the work songs of slavery, the hymns of the Underground Railroad, the blues of Beale Street, and the anthems of the civil rights movement.
With funds from the DeKalb Library Foundation, the Chamblee Library celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month with a special performance by Alma Mexicana Danza Folklórica. Patrons were fascinated by the dancer's colorful garments and enjoyed learning about these traditional Mexican dances.
These performances created opportunities for children and families to experience engaging literary and cultural traditions through live performances.