Scholars in Residence

The Durham Scholars in Residence initiative is an educational outreach program developed to promote academic enrichment in area schools and community organizations for all age levels. The Durham Scholars in Residence program provides support to curriculum as well as current topics of local and national interest. The Durham is proud to help our community celebrate cultural heritage and history throughout the school year. Below are a few examples of these opportunities.

  • February: Black History Month
  • March: Women’s History Month
  • April: Holocaust Remembrance Month
  • September: Hispanic Heritage Month/Constitution Day
  • November: Native American Heritage Month

For additional opportunities you can bring to your classroom, visit our Digital Learning page.

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RECENT programS

Actress/storyteller Jean DonattoWOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Virtual Presentation
Sister Rosa Parks, The Bus Stops Here

With Young Audiences of Houston Teaching Artist Jean Donatto

Actress/storyteller Jean Donatto takes a balanced look at the turbulent civil rights era in the late 1950s Montgomery, Alabama. As Rosa Parks, Jean will describe the “incident” that aroused people of all races to begin the struggle for fair and equal treatment and inform your students about the social climate preceding, during, and following it.


A veteran of the Houston theatre scene, Jean Donatto trained at the American Conservatory Theatre School, San Francisco, California. During this time Jean also benefited from the rigors of a stint at the Berkeley Stage Company, the lab theatre of The University of California at Berkeley. Jean’s dedication to educational theatre was solidified early as a member of a touring program out of Berkeley Stage called Poetry Playhouse, which used theatre to introduce poetry to elementary school students. In Houston Jean Donatto has performed on many stages including, Stages, The Ensemble, The Miller Outdoor theatre, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, and Jones Hall where she was delighted to narrate the young people’s performances for the Houston Symphony Orchestra. As a theatre-teaching artist for Young Audiences, Jean Donatto uses theatre as a tool to assist teachers in curriculum enhancement that is subject and grade level specific. Jean Donatto has been performing and facilitating residencies with Young Audiences of Houston for more than twenty years. For the past fifteen years Jean has been a member of The Children’s Prison Arts Project which is a theatre program that serves adjudicated children in their facilities. Active in the “Industry”, Jean has done commercials, many industrial films and voice-overs. She continues to share her talents as a storyteller with Houston and the world.


Bobby Norfolk
Virtual Presentation
Anansi The Spider Stories

With Bobby Norfolk

Anansi is one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore, often considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories. Tricksters such as Anansi the Spider are used in African stories to pass on cultural values and traditions by humorously showing how problems are created and solved.

Bobby’s stories are ideal for audiences of all ages, and are a combination of adventure, comedy and drama. These Anansi tales teach timeless values, helping to enhance cultural awareness and develop positive character traits.

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Bobby Norfolk is an award-winning storyteller, teaching artist and author from St. Louis, Missouri. He has been performing throughout the United States and worldwide for over 40 years. Bobby served as a National Park Ranger for 10 years at the Gateway Arch presenting living history programs. Today, he is well known for his high energy performances, lively animation, and unique sound effects. His prior CBS children’s TV show “Gator Tales” won 3 Emmy Awards! He also has 8 published storytelling CD’s, including many National Parent’s Choice Gold Award winners! As an author, he has written several books for children and adults. Bobby was also honored with the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award presented by The National Storytelling Network. Recently, faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis voted to honor Bobby Norfolk the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. He also gave the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony this past May. People describe Bobby’s presentation style as an adventure story come to life!

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In the “Museum Live Choices” section, look for the episodes titled “Scholar in Residence”

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Support for The Scholars in Residence Program at The Durham is generously provided by:

Sunny Durham Family Foundation
Carol Gendler
Susan Beeghly

A. Cydog Charitable Trust

Questions? Contact the Education Department at 402-444-5027 or email