Vera Oyé Yaa-Anna, affectionately known as Auntie Oyé, is a Liberian-born acclaimed master storyteller who transports her audience to West Africa through “imaginary” interactive storytelling. She is the Executive Director of Oyé Palaver Hut, an established cultural arts organization that integrates storytelling performance with culinary art to focus on physical and emotional wellness. She tours nationally and internationally, presenting her dynamic programs that include dance and the traditional djembe drum. This energetic cultural educator’s performances are celebrating diversity. She is a three-time DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Fellowship Program recipient.

The Oyé Palaver Hut works each day—before, during, and after this crisis—to make a difference in the lives of all students in Washington, D.C. We do this by engaging students and teachers in discussions and lessons about the culture, history, music, art, dance and oral traditions of West Africa. 

Before COVID-19, we did this through lively performances where classrooms and assembly halls were magically transformed into a bit of Africa. However, in the face of adversity, our team of artists has found creative ways to continue programming. At the start of the school year, we pivoted to virtual and small group programming for students across the District. 

I’m most excited to announce our new flashcards. These flashcards are full of questions to help students learn about African culture, the arts, and their local community. Our goal is to get these flashcards into the hands of 2,000 students across Washington, DC. But I need your help to make this happen.

A gift of $15 will provide a child in our program with a set of flash cards to expand their knowledge of the arts.


Winter Programs

Asterisk (*) indicates synchronous engagement available.

Linking Art Health & Wellness *
Vera Oyé Yaa-Anna, affectionately known as Auntie Oyé, is a Liberian-born acclaimed master storyteller who transports her audience to West Africa through “imaginary” interactive storytelling. She is the Executive Director of Oyé Palaver Hut, an established cultural arts organization that integrates storytelling performance with culinary art to focus on physical and emotional wellness. OPH teaches that the drum is an extension of the human heart and the djembe drum is the heart of the high energy West African dance. 
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Math, Arts, Philosophy, Diversity, Social and Emotional Learning
Discipline: Music/ Music Production, Theatre, Performance Art
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource, Distance Learning for Students with Special Needs
Learning Standards: DCPS arts standard
Grades: Early Childhood (0-5), PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult/Alternative Education
Length: 60 minutes
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.

African Queen Dinner 
Vera Oyé Yaa-Anna, affectionately known as Auntie Oyé, is a Liberian-born acclaimed master storyteller who transports her audience to West Africa through “imaginary” interactive storytelling. She is the Executive Director of Oyé Palaver Hut, an established cultural arts organization that integrates storytelling performance with culinary art to focus on physical and emotional wellness. OPH teaches that the drum is an extension of the human heart and the djembe drum is the heart of the high energy West African dance. 
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Arts, Diversity
Discipline: Dance, Music/ Music Production, Theatre, Performance Art
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: DCPS arts standard
Grades: Early Childhood (0-5), PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Length: 60 minutes
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.

Family Drum Circle
Vera Oyé Yaa-Anna, affectionately known as Auntie Oyé, is a Liberian-born acclaimed master storyteller who transports her audience to West Africa through “imaginary” interactive storytelling. She is the Executive Director of Oyé Palaver Hut, an established cultural arts organization that integrates storytelling performance with culinary art to focus on physical and emotional wellness. OPH teaches that the drum is an extension of the human heart and the djembe drum is the heart of the high energy West African dance. 
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Math, Arts, Philosophy, Diversity, Social and Emotional Learning
Discipline: Historic Site Visit, Visual Arts, Dance, Music/ Music Production, Theatre, Performance Art
Resource Type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: DCPS arts standard
Grades: Early Childhood (0-5), PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Length: 60 minutes

Oye Yaa-Anna Storyteller *
Vera Oyé Yaa-Anna, affectionately known as Auntie Oyé, is a Liberian-born acclaimed master storyteller who transports her audience to West Africa through “imaginary” interactive storytelling. She is the Executive Director of Oyé Palaver Hut, an established cultural arts organization that integrates storytelling performance with culinary art to focus on physical and emotional wellness. OPH teaches that the drum is an extension of the human heart and the djembe drum is the heart of the high energy West African dance. 
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Math, Arts, Philosophy, Diversity, Social and Emotional Learning
Discipline: Visual Arts, Dance, Music/ Music Production, Theatre, Performance Art
Resource Type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: DCPS learning standards
Grades: Early Childhood (0-5), PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Length: 60 minutes


Previous Lotteries

Events taking place from October through December will be available in the Fall Lottery opening on September 7th.

Linking Art Health & Wellness (Storytelling and West African Dance)
Presented by: Oyé Palaver Hut, Inc.
With the help of traditional West African dance, music, and storytelling, this program promotes health, wellness, human services and arts, culture, and the humanities through nutrition and physical exercise by integrating applied storytelling and literacy practices in interactive, experiential teaching/learning workshops.
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Length of Event: 45 Minutes -1 hour
Location: Virtual
Content Area: Arts
Medium: Dance; Music/Music Production; Theatre; Performance Art;
Learning Standards: TBD
Grades: K - 12th
Ticket Capacity: 25
Ticket Cost: $1

for Linking Art Health & Wellness (Storytelling and West African Dance)

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