Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will present ArtTalk on Thursday, March 20 at noon in the LRMA Sanderson Gallery with storyteller Diane Williams as the speaker.
Williams was a recipient of the National Storytelling Network's Oracle Award for Regional Leadership and Service, the National Association of Black Storyteller's Zora Neale Hurston Award, and has been nominated twice for the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in Mississippi. In 1999, she was a finalist in the National Storytelling Contest. She is a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers and the Network of Biblical Storytellers.
Williams has performed as a storyteller at numerous regional festivals and has been a guest artist at libraries, schools and private events across the United States. She spent four years performing throughout Germany for Department of Defense Dependent Schools. She has performed with symphony and chamber orchestras and collaborated with museums and ballet companies.
She has done extensive work on oral history collections and, as a teaching artist and arts educator, has taught storytelling for the Galef Institute, the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education, Millsaps College, and Jackson State University.
Williams is a published poet and has authored numerous magazine articles and books. Her recently released book Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell (The History Press) will be available for purchase and signing after
ArtTalk. Williams is currently the Director of Grants for the Mississippi
Arts Commission and serves on the Speaker's Bureau Roster for the Mississippi Humanities Council.