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Zimmerli Art Museum to Celebrate Storytelling in PNC-funded Events for Children, Educators

Len Cabral acting out a story to preschoolers

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral will conduct the Zimmerli Art Museum’s seventh annual Celebration of Storytelling for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday, March 19 and 21. On March 19, Cabral also will conduct a Preschool Educators Workshop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Space is limited at both events and registration is required by calling (848) 932-6766 or emailing

The Celebration of Storytelling is open to preschool-age classes, as well as individuals. Children who are not part of a school group must be accompanied by an adult.

The Preschool Educators Workshop is limited to 35 educators. Each participant will receive three professional development credit hours for attending the program. Refreshments will be served.

These popular programs take place at the museum at 71 Hamilton Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. They fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended.

The Zimmerli’s Storytelling programs, which are free to participants, are made possible by a grant from the PNC Foundation in support of its in early childhood education initiative, PNC Grow Up Great, a multi-year $350 million investment in early education.

Cabral has been enchanting audiences with his storytelling performances at schools, libraries, museums, and theaters since 1976. His Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales, as well as original stories and tales from around the world.

He has performed at festivals in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Holland, Ireland, and the United States, and received the National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award. Author of a children's book and contributor to several folktale collections, Cabral also has released audio collections, several of which received National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) and Parents' Choice awards.

In the educators’ workshop, Cabral shares the methods he has found effective throughout his career as a professional storyteller, focusing on “the nuts and bolts” of storytelling: finding, learning, and setting the stage for stories, as well as avoiding common mistakes that hinder the process.

Using stories that he often shares with children from ages 3 to 12, Cabral provides concrete examples of these techniques, including the value of participation, the importance of repetition, and how to lengthen the attention span of children. He also offers ideas that encourage even the most reluctant student to create his or her own stories. A question-and-answer session, as well as a handout, enhance an understanding of the process. 



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 19th-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 mission 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 Art Museum is supported by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as well as the income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment Fund, among others. Additional support comes from the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from other corporations, foundations, and individuals, as well as earned income, also provide vital annual support for the Zimmerli’s operations and programs.


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. 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:


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