Years of Participation
learning experiences for educators, students, and audiences in schools,
universities, conferences, and other venues. Her belief in the positive power of
stories is demonstrated in her speaking as well as in the performing and visual
arts. A self taught, visionary artist, Natalie’s painting and functional art pieces
arise from the tradition of storytelling.
She has been married to Ron Daise, her cheerleader, supporter, and committed
partner in creativity and life since 1985. They have two children, Sara and
Simeon, by birth, and one, Sabrina, by heart. She earned a BA degree from
Vermont College in 1992 and a MA in Creativity Studies in 2014.
Best known as "Ms. Natalie" on Nick Jr.'s award-winning television program,
Gullah Gullah Island, Natalie is committed to making presentations that entertain,
educate, empower and inspire.
Awards and nominations include:
• 1997 and 1998 IMAGE Award nominations,
• 1998 Daytime Emmy nomination
• Silver and Gold Parent’s Choice awards
• South Carolina’s highest honor, The Order of the Palmetto
• South Carolina’s Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, given for lifetime
achievement and excellence in folk art.
• Merit Award for Art, ARTFields, 2017