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Willa Brigham

Willa is the two-time Emmy Award Winning Host of the television show Smart Start Kids. She is an inspirational speaker, storyteller, writer and performing artist who joined the Durham Arts Council’s CAPS artist roster since 1994.  Willa has presented workshops for educators of young children conferences and partnerships for children. This Entertainer of the Year has delighted audiences across the US. Willa has 6 delightful CDs to her credit and two books. She is also a multidimensional fiber artist. Willa’s contagious energy inspires, challenges, and motivates.  She has a passion for entertaining and bringing laughter to audiences of all ages.


Performance Storytelling Fun!

GRADES: Pre-K – 12

Develop students listening, understanding and character development gathered around Willa Brigham. Students will learn the needs of a good story; a strong opening, colorful adjectives, details and descriptive characterization as the story comes to an explosive end. Each performance includes stories chosen to match the ages of each audience.

Max Participants: 325

Duration: 60 minutes (45-minute performance plus Q&A)

Special Requirements: 1 microphone


  • Single Performance Fee: $500
  • Two Performances Fee: $900

Residency Happy Healthy Habits

GRADES: Pre-K – 2 

Learning good and useful habits can be fun and entertaining. In this essential residency, Willa Brigham teaches and happily reinforces the basic needs of fire and personal safety, good eating habits, dental care, and good manners.

Max Participants: 25 students per class; required booking of at least 2 classes per day

Duration: 30-45 minute sessions per day/class. 3 days needed for residency (minimum).

Special Requirements: Classroom setting with enough room for students to be able to move.

Fee: $125 per residency session per class

Residency Four Patch Story


Students write a story/ poem with a NC theme and tell that story in 4 squares that creates a art quilt. This craft will use hands on sewing skills, process of thinking and planning to complete the project.

Max Participants: 25

Duration: 3 sessions minimum needed for residency; 45-60 minute sessions

Special Requirements: clean, bright class room easy access to an electric outlet

Fees: Base rate of $200 per residency session per class; discount available for 3-5 classes per day; fee includes quilting supplies

  • 3-Day Residency for ONE CLASS: $600
  • 3-Day Residency for TWO CLASSES: $1,200
  • 3-Day Residency for THREE CLASSES: $1,440
  • 3-Day Residency for FOUR CLASSES: $1,920
  • 3-Day Residency for FIVE CLASSES: $2,400