Valerie Tutson graduated from Brown University with a self-designed major, Storytelling As a Communication’s Art, and a Masters in Theatre. She also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Rhode Island College. Since 1991 she has traveled the country and world teaching, gathering and sharing stories and songs. Her repertoire includes folktales, personal and historical stories with an emphasis on black traditions. Valerie is a founding member and Director of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, and FUNDA FEST: An Annual Celebration of Black Storytelling. Valerie has received numerous awards for her work in the community including the Legacy Award from Big Brothers and Sisters of Rhode Island, A Community Service Award from Oasis, International. Valerie is committed to using storytelling to foster community and is 2018/19 fellow with the Intercultural Leadership Institute.