Barbara H. Clark wears many hats. She is a writer, storyteller, speaker, instructor, producer, personal coach, and literacy advocate. As a professional storyteller / spoken word artist, Barbara has been performing her own original life stories at various venues and events throughout California since 1996. A Librarian turned Storyteller, Barbara Clark is a passionate advocate for both the written and spoken word. Her national reputation in the field of Literacy has been acknowledged by the US Department of Education.
Barbara’s stories are all original and are written for a mature audience. Her repertoire includes funny stories of personal experiences; touching stories of her family heritage; warm profiles of memorable, sometimes outrageous relatives; startling accounts of mysterious or spooky events and inspirational tales.
Barbara retired from the Los Angeles Public Library in 1996, as the Area Manager in the Central / Southern Region, where she had the responsibility for 12 branch libraries**. In recognition of her work at the Watts Library, Barbara was awarded the “Career Services Award” by the City of Los Angeles (the first to a librarian) and a “Presidential Commendation” signed by then president Richard M. Nixon.
For 9 years Barbara served as Artist-in-Residence at Vineyard Senior Center in Los Angeles, California, where she conducted an eight-month-long, weekly workshop instructing participants in the techniques for turning personal experiences into structured stories, suitable for performance. She then produced two public storytelling concerts to showcase the workshop participants. In 2012 she relocated the workshop to Baldwin Hills OASIS. In 2014 the program moved to the IMA, where it continues to meet today.
She is the board chair of the Institute of Musical Arts, conducts the “Tell Me A Story Workshop“, coaches Women’s Voices and has conducted numerous sold out storytelling performances at the IMA including, “A Question of Color”, “The Past is Always Present”, “Brief Encounters” and “Mama’s Lessons”.
Barbara’s stories are all original and are written for a mature audience. Her repertoire includes funny stories of personal experiences; touching stories of her family heritage; warm profiles of memorable, sometimes outrageous relatives; startling accounts of mysterious or spooky events and inspirational tales. The stories are suitable for a variety of groups: social clubs, speech classes, business and professional groups, church groups, senior citizens centers, high school and college classes, family reunions and private parties. They are sure to intrigue you and inspire you to look at life a little differently.
In 2006, she was recognized for her work with seniors by KCET-TV with its “Unsung Hero” of the Year Award.”
**Barbara has a B.A. degree from Howard University, Washington D.C, and a M.L.S. degree from the University of Southern California.