The Duncanson Society of the Taft Museum of Art has selected storyteller and educator Diane Macklin as the 2013 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence. Macklin’s style of storytelling combines theatre, rhythm, language, and movement to create a unique experience.

During her residency, Macklin will give public performances and provide workshops and performances in schools and with various community organizations.

Macklin is the resident storyteller for the “Let’s Read About Africa” program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. She has performed for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, National Air and Space Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Storytelling Festival, Rhode Island Black Storyteller’s Funda Fest, Discovery Theatre and Wolf Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods.

As a teaching artist, Macklin specializes in arts integration and works with various organizations, including the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education through the Arts (CETA) program, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and Washington Performing Arts Society.

The Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program was established in 1986 to honor the achievements of contemporary African American artists working in a variety of disciplines. The program honors the relationship between African American painter Robert S. Duncanson and his patron, Nicholas Longworth, who commissioned Duncanson to paint landscape murals in the foyer of his home, now the Taft Museum of Art.

For a full list of free artist-in-residence events, please visit

The Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program is sponsored by Ohio National Financial Services. Additional support is provided by Robin and Murray Sinclaire. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Country is a collaborating partner.

Diane Macklin’s extended residency at the School for Creative and Performing Arts is supported by the Mayerson Foundation’s Artistic Excellence Program with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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