Sunday Event on STJ Celebrates V.I. Culture

St.JanCo, “The St. John Heritage Collective,” will celebrate V.I. history, culture, and identity through storytelling at an event Sunday that is open to the public.

St. JanCo’s planned “Freedom Month” events kick off with the live performance of traditional Anansi stories for children ages 3 to 15, told by St. John community griots. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the St. John School of the Arts.

Anansi Stories are a popular form of traditional storytelling across the African Diaspora. Sunday’s event is aimed at keeping the oral culture alive through sharing a day of fun, moral lessons, and traditional knowledge with the young people of St. John, organizers said in a news release.

The event is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, Love City Car Ferries, and the St. John School of the Arts.

Other upcoming St.JanCo events for Freedom Month include a collaborative role on the 34th annual educational tour and commemorative pilgrimage to the sites of the 1733 enslaved African revolution on St. John on Nov. 23, and the panel discussion “Freedom in the United States Virgin Islands,” to be held at Bajo El Sol Gallery on Nov. 30.

More information is available by sending e-mail to or calling 340-474-9570.