African American Museum of Philadelphia
Love at first sight, Las Vegas, Nevada 2004
Your Child's World Day Care Centers, throughout Philadelphia with Granny Goose, Sponsored by Art-Reach, Inc.
In 2004 I took a vacation to experience the wonderful, wacky world of professional ventriloquists at the International Ventriloquist Festival & Conference in Las Vegas. After a workshop, Carol Greene of San Diego, introduced me to "my doll." She looked like just like me!
She was handmade with love, by master doll maker, Verna Findley years earlier and now this beautiful little African princess was waiting to be adopted! I named her Nyota Kungaa (Star Shine in Swahili) and we have been "Girl Friends" ever since!
While I haven't fully mastered this difficult art form, I do enjoy bringing her out and about for meet & greets, festivals, photo ops & sing-alongs with and for the little ones.
In Philadelphia, we have enjoyed a grand opening for IKEA, West Park Art Festival, October Gallery's International Art Expo and many day care centers with "Granny Goose" and for family gatherings.
Nyota loves hanging out with storytellers and got to mingle with her favorite tellers at two of the National Association of Black Storytellers Conference & Festivals.
As a fan of Willie Tyler & Lester, I feel it's an enrichment opportunity for all children to see this gorgeous doll & learn a little about the art of ventriloquism, up close & personal.
So what does "Star" have to say about all the adventures she goes on?
"I could be a MAJOR STAR if only Oni would stop moving her lips every time I speak!"
"If Unique Is What You Seek!"
Philadelphia ~ Coatesville, Pennsylvania