Philadelphia, PA 19138, US

(267) 225-2541

Denise Valentine, Storyteller

Welcome to Roots & Wings Storytelling!

Performances - FALL/WINTER 2019

Unforgetting & Reconnecting: Story Mapping Workshop

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst 
Trainings for the Not-Yet
26–29 September 2019

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst 

Trainings for the Not-Yet

26–29 September 2019

Utrecht, Netherlands

 Training with Nancy Jouwe and Denise Valentine: mapping timelines, street names, landmarks, oral histories, archival material, and personal histories  relating to Dutch colonial history of slavery.

Trainings for the Not-Yet, a project convened by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk

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From Slave Ship to Mothership



Delaware River Waterfront Arts Program

October 3 - 4 

"From Slave Ship to Mothership" 

Storytelling Performances to accompany a new large-scale public light art and water installation.  In Partnership with Ryan Strand Greenberg

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Ornamental Blackness & the Decorative Arts

Ornamental Blackness & the Decorative Arts
Sat, October 5, 
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Bldg

Ornamental Blackness 

& the Decorative Arts

October 5th, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Perelman Auditorium

Storyteller Denise Valentine and art historian Adrienne Childs.

Philadelphia Museum of Art lecture series Untold Stories. 

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Whose Story? Inclusivity in Storytelling

MuseumNext NYC 
Nov 7 - 8, 2019
Future of Museum Storytelling

MuseumNext NYC 

Future of Museum Storytelling 

 November 8

Broad Street Ballroom, New York, NY 

Professional Storyteller Denise Valentine, with Bill Adair, Pew Arts & Heritage, will share her work developing imaginative and inclusive storytelling with cultural institutions.


Coming to Your City

Have Stories, Will Travel

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Al-Bustan: A Meditation on Home, Exile, and Displacement

Highlights - past Events

Talking Stories - East London Radio

Tony Cranston's Talking Stories Radio 12

24th February, 2018 

(12 Noon (UCT) (7AM EST)

Tony Cranston's Talking Stories Radio programme No. 12 will launch on East London Radio UK, on Featuring Storytelling Talents Jill Lamede, The tintagel, Storyteller Joanna Ballard Louisiana USA, Denise Valentine USA, and a very special couple of tales from Mei Kwong in Hong Kong. Special Guest Interview and story with epic storyteller Sebastian Lockwood from New Hampshire USA. Poetry from Chris Black in Ireland East London Poet Laurie Wilkinson. Messages from Mark Binder and Pete Castle Facts and Fiction Storytelling Magazine. Will be available as a podcast and can be downloaded. 

(DIS)PLACED Showcase & Concert: Of Roads and Homes | Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Al-Bustan Seeds Of Culture:  Showcase, Concert & CD Release

March 11, 2018, 4 - 6:30PM 

World Premiere of “Of Roads and Homes” by composer Kinan Abou-afach, featuring:

Issam Rafea – oud • Kinan Abou-afach – cello • Shannon Lee – violin • Matt Engle – bass • Hafez Kotain– percussion • Denise Valentine – narration.

Al-Bustan is pleased to present (DIS)PLACED: Philadelphia‘s culminating showcase event, inviting friends, partners, and the public to enjoy an evening of poetry, music, art, food, and friendship. Master of Ceremonies Denise Valentine will guide us through the event as we premiere a booklet of poetry by Nazem El Sayed and CD of compositions by Kinan Abou-afach. 



MARCH 31, 2018


Pennsylvania Convention Center

13th & Arch St, Philadelphia 19107

3p - 4p          Keeping HERSTORY Alive - Denise Valentine and other Historical performers portray African American "Sheroes". 

MARCH 31st & APRIL 1st, 11am - 6pm

The African American History and Culture Showcase (AAHCS) features a diverse mix of compelling, informative, inspirational, exhibits and activities that encourage interactive engagement. 


2018 Connecticut Storytelling Festival

Connecticut Storytelling Festival

April 28, 2018  (3 shows)  

2018 Connecticut Storytelling Festival 

College Center at Crozier-Williams

Connecticut College, New London

• Karen Chace • Donald Davis  • Elizabeth Ellis • Arnie Prichard • Dovie Thomason • Denise Valentine • Frank Schwartz and Teresa Whitaker 

Make sure to mark your calendars for a delightful and unique opportunity to refresh your souls on April 27-28 (add the 29th and stay for the Sunday morning story swap!) at the 37th Annual Connecticut Storytelling Festival & Conference, at the student center at Crozier-Williams at Connecticut College, New London. 

3rd Annual Story Crossroads Festival



May 23, 2018   

(See Schedule for Show times)

3rd Annual Story Crossroads Festival

Murray City Park (495 E. 5300 S., Murray, UT-morning sessions) and South Jordan Community Center (10778 S. Redwood Rd., South Jordan, UT - evening concerts).

Brian “Fox” Ellis •  Denise Valentine •  Charlotte Starks • Nubian Storytellers of Utah Leadership (NSOUL).

We Are Deeply Rooted - Farm for the City


We Are Deeply Rooted

9/7, 9/21, 9/25, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Thomas Paine Plaza

1401 JFK Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Storytelling series developed for thePennsylvania Horticultural Society's (PHS) Farm for the City which transforms center city Philadelphia's Thomas Paine Plaza into a temporary, 2,000-square-foot “farm-as-art installation” to encourage public conversations about the role of urban agriculture in strengthening communities.

Research and Consulting Projects

Mount Pleasant Mansion, Fairmount 
Park Historic House

 Summer 2018 Artist-in-Residence

Mount Pleasant Mansion, Fairmount Park Historic House, Philadelphia. 

Researching the histories of enslaved people at Mount Pleasant to help  incorporate the stories in to museum interpretation and programming .

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