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Candace Wolf

Artist's Narrative

Candace Wolf Candace Wolf is a Storyteller-in-Residence with the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, as well as an innovative teacher and oral historian. Candace has traveled the globe collecting folklore, legends, and oral history. She has lived and worked among migrant Gypsies in Europe, Mayan Indians in the rain forests of Central America, itinerant circus performers in Mexico, goat herders in Italy, fishermen on the Canary Islands, rice farmers in Indonesia, artisans in the Middle East, coal miners in Appalachia, and many other places. As a performing artist and educator, Candace has presented her programs at thousands of schools and other venues throughout the country. She is passionately dedicated to preserving and passing on to the next generation this rich heritage of oral literature.

Availability

Upon request.
Fees listed are for Columbus-area schools. Additional travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

BEHAVE YOURSELF! Teaching Character Education through Storytelling (Grade levels K-5)
Stories are the original teaching tool. Long before there were classrooms or teachers, people gathered to share wisdom through stories. The reason for the effectiveness and magic of storytelling is that we learn by imagining—and we never forget a memorable story. We discover the human potential for kindness, courage, honesty, respect and responsibility through our own experience of hearing or reading a story. For this reason, all the cultural traditions of the world have their own rich treasure trove of folktales, myths, legends, parables and fables.

Behave Yourself! draws on this proven approach to character education: the residency offers a series of hands-on activities that engage students with multicultural folk literature in order to teach positive behaviors and enduring character lessons.

ELA Standards Addressed: Point of View; Response to Text/Others: Universal Themes; Listening; Speaking; Retelling; Story Elements; Teamwork; Compare/Contrast;  Journaling; Analyze/Interpret/Understand; Character Development; Main Idea; Writing Process; Brainstorming; Reflection; Group Discussions; Questioning; Communicate; Speaking Presentations to Audience; Role Play; Narrative Writing; Vocabulary; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Prior Knowledge; Voice; Cultural/Historical Context; Genre; Creative Writing
 


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BEHAVE YOURSELF! Teaching Character Education through Storytelling
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $450/ $600 for two back-to-back/ $900 for full day
  • Requirements: open performance space

Stories Without Borders (Grade levels K-12)
A high-energy, motivational show in which Candace demonstrates the poetic and dramatic use of oral language as she spins amazing stories collected from cultures around the world. These humorous and spellbinding tales contain the wisdom and moral teachings of traditions in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, African cultures, European and North American societies. This interactive program is designed to Build Literacy, teach valuable Character Lessons, and expand Cultural Awareness.
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Performances
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $450/ $600 for two back-to-back/ $900 for full day
  • Requirements: open performance space

The Moon in a Tortilla (Grade levels K-6)
"You taste the moon when you eat a tortilla, and you swallow sun and fire when you eat a bowl of hot chili." (Chicano poet Victor Valle)

Candace draws upon her experience living with people in countries “south of the border” to help audiences discover enchanting Latin American storytelling traditions that blend Indigenous, African, and European influences. Spanish language, music, and geography are woven into a captivating performance that offers a vision of the Amazon Rain Forest, the era of the Spanish conquistadors, Mexican holiday celebrations, and the island cultures of the Caribbean Sea.

Activity Options:
The Moon in a Tortilla
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $450/ $600 for two back-to-back/ $900 for full day
  • Requirements: open performance space

Heroes and Scoundrels (Grade levels 6-12)
Middle and high school students are introduced to larger-than-life, admirable heroes and despicable villains as Candace spins riveting and suspenseful legends, adventure quests, tales of the supernatural, and true-life biographies guaranteed to keep adolescents on the edge of their seats. This program is dedicated to young people who are coming of age in a world where difficult choices must be faced with courage.
Activity Options:
Heroes and Scoundrels
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $450/ $600 for two back-to-back/ $900 for full day
  • Requirements: open performance space

WORD POWER! Building Oral and Written Language through Storytelling (Grade levels 3-8)
This creative adventure with the art of storytelling develops communication skills and motivates students to express themselves verbally with poise and confidence. Working with multicultural folktales, Candace Wolf teaches students to use the potent combination of imagination, descriptive language, narrative structure, and vocal quality in order to bring a story to life for the enjoyment of an audience. Students share their work at a "Telling Bee"- a school Storytelling Festival.
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WORD POWER! residency
  • Duration: 5-10 days
  • Fees: $3,000 / week

WALKING WITH OUR ELDERS: An Intergenerational Storytelling Journey (Grade levels 4-12)
"Honor Your Elders" is the motto of this very special residency program, which enables older adults in the community to pass along their heritage to the upcoming generation through oral storytelling. Students learn history lessons and character lessons as they interview elders and listen attentively to their life stories. Under the guidance of Candace Wolf, students transform these "living histories" into a beautiful book and dramatic performance. This program reinforces oral and written language skills, supports a curriculum of caring, and strengthens the role of elders in our society.
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WALKING WITH OUR ELDERS residency
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Fees: $5,500

The Write Stuff! (Grade levels 4-8)
Candace teaches students how to use visualization strategies, story elements, prediction skills, and the peer revision process to improve their narrative writing. Students engage in exercises that develop their ability to incorporate vivid describing language, purposeful imagery, tone, and point of view into their written compositions. This approach supports ELA standards and reinforces the oral-to-written connection.
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The Write Stuff!
  • Duration: 3-4 days
  • Fees: $1,500/ three days; $1,800/ four days