Storytelling

Storytelling is the oldest and most powerful means for sharing history and values, and for encouraging imagination in young children. And it's one of the pillars of learning at Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling.

Performed through a variety of methods, our storytellers engage children in the timeless oral tradition as well as through the arts of theater, movement, music and film. Children are encouraged to reflect on what they hear, and to author and share their own stories—a practice that builds language skills, critical thinking and confidence.

Some people could look at a mud puddle
and see an ocean with ships.
— Zora Neale Hurston

STORY TIME: TALES ON SUGAR HILL

Veggie Boogie with Ave Maria Cross Photo by Michael Palma Mir

Veggie Boogie with Ave Maria Cross
Photo by Michael Palma Mir

Story Time: Tales on Sugar Hill is grounded in a curatorial mission to share stories through theater, music, dance and visual art, as well as oral and literary forms. It is equally grounded in a commitment to present tales, fables, histories and myths that genuinely reflect the diverse ethnic and cultural milieu of our surroundings. 

Each presentation includes a participatory art activity facilitated by teaching artists, so children not only experience other’s stories, but also reflect on what they see and hear, and create and share their own stories.

Story Time takes place on the second Saturday of each month in The Living Room, our largest gallery designed as a space for art exhibits, performances and film screenings.

Story Time with April Armstrong Photo by Michael Palma Mir

Story Time with April Armstrong
Photo by Michael Palma Mir

STORY HOUR

 Photo by Michael Palma Mir

 Photo by Michael Palma Mir

Story Hour, a more intimate storytelling presentation, takes place every Thursday and Friday afternoon at 3:30pm, and features a solo performer with roots in the community. Performers have included Laura Bowman, Flor Bromley, Daniel Carlton, Alison Cox, Kelley Kelley, and Carletta Joy Walker. 

Story Hour Photo by Michael Palma Mir

Story Hour
Photo by Michael Palma Mir

History Tales

History Tales With Shawana Kemp Photo by Michael Palma Mir

History Tales With Shawana Kemp
Photo by Michael Palma Mir

History Tales, which takes place on the last Sunday of each month, brings the story of our neighborhood to life, with tales of historical happenings and real life residents of Upper Manhattan. Featured stories have included My Name is Celia (Me llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz) by Monica Brown, illustrated by Rafael López, and Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood, written by Carole Boston Weatherford.