For the second year in a row, the LeClaire Community Library will host an artist from the Quad City Arts’ Visiting Artist Series!

Charlotte Blake Alston is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, librettist, and singer who breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African-American oral and cultural traditions. Narratives were the way the ideology, heritage, history, and shared cultural identity of a people were taught and preserved — and this tradition continued when Africans were brought to America.

Alston has made multiple appearances in such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Storytelling Festival, and the National Festival of Black Storytelling. She has appeared as a narrator for several choirs and orchestras around the country including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony. In 2009, she received the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the highest award bestowed by the National Association of Black Storytellers.

Alston will perform at the LeClaire Community Library at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Stories and songs are best suited for intermediate, high school, and college/adult audiences.

Her LeClaire performance is being sponsored by Quad-City Arts, a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the region through arts. Its Visiting Artist Series is supported by several local agencies including the Scott County Regional Authority, National Endowment for the Arts, John Deere Foundation, Bechtel Charitable Trust, Regional Development Authority, Iowa Arts Council, and many others.

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