Program Information

Number of Artists: 1

Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12, Family, K-5

Program Length: 45-60 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Flexible

Maximum Audience Size: 200

Setup Time: Minimal

Breakdown Time: Minimal

Technical Requirements: Students seated on floor, 1 or 2 chairs, microphones, bottled water

SOL Connections

English: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.8, 1.2, 1.11, 1.12, 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.6, 3.7, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 5.1, 5.6, 5.7, 6.7, 7.8, 8.5, 9.6

Music: K.1, K.2, K.6, K.7, K.10, K.11, K.12, 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 2.1, 2.10, 2.11, 3.1, 3.9, 3.12, 3.13, 4.1, 4.12, 4.13, 5.1, 5.9, 5.10, 5.11

Artists Fees

Half Day Fee: $600 - $1000

Fee Notes

Stories from Around the World: Half Day $600 - $800 plus travel; Folktales from Asia and Africa: Half Day $800 - $1000 plus travel; Note: tours only. Artist strongly prefers K-2, 3-5 groupings.

Eshu Bumpus

A Multicultural Storyteller



Program Type

Elementary School Assemblies, Workshops, Residencies, Storytelling

Subject Areas

Storytelling, Oral Language, Culture Studies, Poetry, Music, US History, World History

Drawing from his African-American heritage, Eshu Bumpus brings to schools his storytelling performances and writing workshops in residencies that will enrich the curriculum in Literature, Creative Writing, Social Studies, and History. Eshu's programs feature old world folktales, African chants, and African-American folktales. Schools can choose from a variety of residencies and workshops to make a visit with Eshu one to remember.

Folktales from Asia and Africa (K-5) Eshu is joined by Motoko Maeda Dworkin for a multicultural program of stories, participatory songs and movement. Motoko tells tales from Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia, as well as original stories combined with songs and mime.

Stories from Around the World (K-5) Includes a variety of African, African-American, and world folktales, leavened with music, humor and mystery. Animals play a large part in these stories and poke fun at human nature. Eshu's rich musical vocalizations and mastery of physical characterization enhance the stories. Each performance is age appropriate and students participate by singing songs associated with each story.

Storywriting/Storytelling Workshop (1-12) This workshop is designed to raise competence in creative story writing, adaptation and storytelling. Participants hone skills by playing a variety of story-games and learn several effective techniques for creating and analyzing stories.