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January 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Storytelling Festival

Join us for our Storytelling Festival on Saturday, January 15! Sponsored, in part, by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Storytelling Festival celebrates MCM’s Literacy Initiative by hosting performing artists and other special guests at the museum for a day of interactive reading, creative storytelling, and musical performances which bring the art of story to life.

Joining us for this year’s Storytelling Festival is…


Sherry Norfolk – 10:00am & 1:00pm

  • Sherry Norfolk is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed storyteller and teaching artist, who performs and leads residencies and professional development workshops nationally and internationally. In fact, Sherry has a poem displayed in our Literacy Garden!
  • Join us for a Storytelling Playshop: a Playful Exploration of Storytelling Skills.
  • During Storytelling Festival, develop your own unique version of the Aesop fable “The Ants and the Grasshopper”! Discover how to bring your story to life with character voices, sound effects, actions and – most importantly – your amazing imagination!
  • Learn more about Sherry Norfolk


Martin Jue – 11:00am

  • Martin Jue is the founder of MFJ, the largest producer of HAM radio pieces in the world. HAM Radios are radios that people build for fun to communicate with others over long distances – as far away as the international space station! Mr. Jue is very proud of having grown up in Mississippi, starting the largest company of its kind, and believes that all children from Mississippi can do great things too!
  • Learn more about Martin Jue


Niketa Pechan – 11:30am & 1:00pm

  • Niketa is a West Indian/American second generation immigrant and she spent her formative years in Jamaica with her family. She is passionate about preserving and honoring her heritage.

    Niketa is a mom to two adventurous children and owner of Golden Aura Wellness Co a Perinatal Wellness Practice where she uses her Maternal Wellness Expertise to provide guidance and a safe space for moms.

    A hallmark of her practice is the belief that healing comes when we involve the body’s nervous system. Niketa’s journey through mind-body healing introduced her to the importance of movement.

    During the pandemic she reconnected to her roots and began teaching Kukuwa African Dance classes at the Reservoir. Niketa began using her classes  as a lens to inspire dialogue about wellness, empower people to live intentionally, and connect people to community. She creates a space full of energy, love and liberation. Her mission is overall wellness of the mind, body and soul and connection to community.

    Her vision is to engage with communities in the Jackson, Mississippi, metro area. Her  Kukuwa Class is an experiential journey which explores the Modern African Dance culture across the diaspora. The music is diverse in language and birthed from various African cultures. We dance to a blend of Central, East, South, West, and North African rhythms.

  • Join us for an African Dance Workshop with Niketa!
  • Learn more about Niketa Pechan

Linda Curtin – Ongoing

  • Join us for Art Journaling with Linda Curtin throughout the day!


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Storytelling Festival sponsored in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission


January 15
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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