Zimmerli Receives PNC Grant for Annual Celebration of Storytelling in March

February 10, 2014

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Receives PNC Grant for Annual Celebration of Storytelling

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is pleased to announce the schedule for Celebration of Storytelling and Preschool Educators Workshop on March 4 and 6, 2014, with acclaimed storytellers Gerald Fierst and Richard Stillman. The Zimmerli’s Storytelling programs are free to participants, made possible by a generous grant from the PNC Foundation and delivered in support of its signature cause in early childhood education, PNC Grow Up Great. These popular programs, which take place at the museum located at 71 Hamilton Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University, fill up quickly, so early registration is highly recommended by emailing education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Working together as the Mythmakers, Gerald Fierst and Richard Stillman conduct the Zimmerli’s eighth annual Celebration of Storytelling on Tuesday and Thursday, March 4 and 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. They blend music, tandem telling, and movement in creating programs for schools, museums, and community organizations. Images and characters come alive as they share stories from around the world: from ancient myths and medieval legends, to New Jersey lore. Celebration of Storytelling is open to preschool-age classes, as well as individuals (appropriate for ages 3 to 5 years old), but seating is limited and reservations are required by emailing education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu. Children who are not part of a school group must be accompanied by an adult.

Gerald Fierst also leads the Preschool Educators Workshop on Tuesday, March 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. In this participatory workshop – using story, theater, poetry and games – teachers learn techniques to motivate students to higher level thinking, revealing the imagination that is the genius in all of us. Simple, practical games and exercises encourage even the most reluctant learners to feel that learning is extraordinary, while supporting core curriculum skills of listening, reading, writing, and comprehension. A question and answer session, as well as a handout, enhance an understanding of the process. Space is limited to 35 educators. Each participant receives three professional development credit hours for attending the program. Refreshments are served. Please email education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu for more information or to register. 

Gerald Fierst, who conducts activities at the Zimmerli throughout the year, is one of America‘s most acclaimed storytellers. He has appeared throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia, captivating audiences with original stories, stories from his own Jewish tradition, and stories from world folklore. As a writer and teacher, Feirst has worked for school systems and universities across the nation, leading workshops for teachers and students in writing and performance. He has been a featured ghost story teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, as well as a Storyteller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center. Feirst also appears online at Meet the Storyteller, a resource on scholastic.com.

Richard Stillman is an actor, storyteller, singer, tap dancer, and musician, who teaches an array of performance skills. He has appeared at the Kennedy Center and on Broadway, as well as on the premier episode of the PBS television series “Shining Time Station” and as an opening act for Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog. Stillman performs annually at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival and, for the past 20 years, has been touring his own shows to theatres, schools, and festivals.

The Celebration of Storytelling and Preschool Educators Workshop is supported by funding from The PNC Foundation as part of PNC Grow Up Great, a multiyear $350 million investment in early education.


The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in nineteenth-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.


The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment, and the Voorhees Family Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the museum.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street at George Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.


Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Z Café featuring the Food Architects is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.


Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID). Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 848.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu


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