A woman reads a book next to the Makonde water vessel in the gallery of African art

The Artful Stories program brings young children together in the Carlos Museum galleries to hear children’s literature related to the collections and exhibitions, look closely at a single work of art together, and then head to the studio for an engaging hands-on activity. 

The Water Princess, a favorite Artful Stories selection, was inspired by the childhood experience of international fashion model Georgie Badiel, who, along with her mother and other women and girls from her village in Burkina Faso, walked miles each morning to collect water. Today, Badiel spearheads a foundation that builds wells and brings fresh water to villages in Burkina Faso and other countries in Africa. 

Enjoy Tiphanie Yanqiue, an author and associate professor of creative writing and English at Emory, read The Water Princess in the museum's Charles S. Ackerman Galleries of African Art.



Interested in learning more?

  • Check out the Artful Stories lesson plan developed in conjunction with this video.
  • Explore a Makonde water pot in the Carlos collection made by artists in Mozambique
  • Make pinch pots and coil pots with Atlanta ceramic artist and Carlos Museum educator, Ana Vizurraga.