Beginning this month, Children’s Museum Tucson will welcome storytelling professors from the College of Humanities to share about diverse cultures during the museum’s monthly Art after Dark program.
The Cuentacuentos program will kick off on Oct. 8 with Dr. Praise Zenenga, Head of the Department of Africana Studies, who will be doing a performative narration of two stories, one from Zimbabwe called “Fox the Judge” and a story about the folk character Ananse from Ghana.
The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave., and admission is free. Cuentacuentos will continue on Second Saturdays, featuring other College of Humanities professors sharing stories from around the world.
Through Cuentacuentos children will learn about diverse cultures using rich storytelling traditions, visual arts, and hands-on activities. The Children’s Museum Tucson will enhance each storytelling program with complementary themed, interactive arts engagement.
The Cuentacuentos program is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities, a statewide nonprofit that supports public programs to promote understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona.
Cuentacuentos is presented as part of the Museum’s free Art after Dark program, providing year-round, interactive arts engagement for children of all ages, while supporting the arts and humanities community by partnering with local organizations and artists. Its aim is to increase access to the arts for underserved and historically marginalized communities. Art after Dark is also supported by Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona and the City of Tucson.