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Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

A storyteller, poet, vocalist and emerging percussionist TAHIRA per- forms original works, as well as works from the African and African American folklore tradition. TAHIRA is a full time performing artist.
She credits her mother for giving her the courage and support to pur- sue her dreams and her father for instilling her love for her culture. TAHIRA’s objective in sharing her gifts is not merely to entertain, but to educate and inspire. TAHIRA affirms that the storyteller is the care- taker of culture, hoarder of history and transmitter of tradition.
TAHIRA’s  assembly  programs  are  high  energy,  interactive  programs that keep students enthralled and engaged. These program tie directly into academic achievement by: Fostering reading Improving listening skills Enhancing language arts skills: vocabulary, comprehension and sequencing   Stimulating   students’   imagination   TAHIRA’s   artist-in- residencies programs are in-depth instruction on story development and delivery. The residencies programs culminate into the students performing in a storytelling concert.
The residency programs enable students to: Get a hands-on experi- ence researching stories and developing the stories for performance Gain awareness and appreciation of other ethnic cultures by sharing and listening to stories from the  African Diaspora Develop creative writing skills Builds self-confidence through participation in storytell-
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