The Right To…Liberty Storytelling & ELA


The Right To…Liberty

Type: Performance|Remote
Art Form: Storytelling & ELA|Exploring Cultures|History, Math, Science
Grade Level: 3-12
Scheduling Request

During the colonial period and the time of the American Revolution, freedom was on the minds of all people, including those held in captivity or on the margins in the free Black communities. There were many Black people who wanted to make sure that the revolutionary ideals of the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would become reality for themselves, their community, and their children. Storyteller Valerie Tutson recounts significant stories from this moment in our national history through the tales of Ona Maria Judge, who escaped from the plantation of President George Washington, James Forten, who, as a teen, risked his life in the fight against the British, and Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mumbet, whose court case paved the way to abolishing slavery in Massachusetts.

Program available in person, or live online.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 275
Curriculum Connection: Storytelling, History, African Americans during the Revolution and Colonial periods, Women's History

Single Performance: $750
Additional Performances: $600
Travel: $100 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Live Online

School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.




  • 1 reserved parking space
  • Microphone on stand (please set up in advance)
  • Straight back chair
  • Small table, student desk, or piano bench
  • Bottle of water

Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes

Strike time: 5 minutes

Time needed between performances: 15 minutes.

Teachers are expected to model appropriate audience behavior for their students.

Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.

Valerie travels from Rhode Island so, while she can be flexible for more than one performance, late morning or afternoon is strongly preferred.