Brought to you by the YWCA Women’s Partnership.
A Partnership with the Institute of Musical Arts.
As a professional storyteller / spoken word artist, Barbara has been performing her own original life stories at various venues and events throughout California, since 1996. Her stories include events from her life in a small east coast community and in Los Angeles, touching stories of family heritage, and warm profiles of memorable relatives. While highly entertaining, her stories are also educational and inspirational. She performs at libraries, colleges, coffee houses, businesses, conferences, churches, professional meetings, family reunions, and private parties. She has been featured at Los Angeles Storytelling Festival, Bay Area Storytelling Festival, National Storytelling Network Conference, and California African American Museum exhibit openings. In 2005, her contributions to the storytelling community were acknowledged by the awarding of the “Storytelling Spirit Award” by Los Angeles Story Works.
“There are all kinds of mothers: biological mothers, foster mothers, adoptive mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, and let‚Äôs not forget “mister mom.” All of these do what we call “mothering,” as do some teachers, nurses, and even some neighbors, especially the nosey
ones. These musings caused me to remember my own mother. Those memories are mostly childhood memories, because I barely knew her as an adult. I left home at age 20 to get married and moved from Washington D. C. to Los Angeles with my husband at age 22. As a child, I didn‚Äôt think a lot about my mother, she was just always there. But as an adult, I realized what a role “Mama” played in helping me become the person I am. It wasn‚Äôt until I became a mother myself that I was able to appreciate the following lessons that I learned from my Mama.” – Barbara H Clark
Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the front desk (310) 452 – 3881 or at www.smywca.org