Events

5/17 SW´s Judith-Kate Friedman at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference!

5/17 SW´s Judith-Kate Friedman at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference!

On Tuesday, May 17th, SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman was honored to be among a distinguished set of presenters at the annual Washington State Nonprofits Conference where over 700 nonprofit and community leaders will come together to listen, learn, and explore ways that “human centered design can connect, transform programs, and advance causes.”

One of 21 other workshops, aimed at sparking creativity and enhancing skills at the conference, Judith-Kate’s Music as Innovation, Participation as Leadership, explored what the arts, improvisation, and neuroscience can teach us about restoration, empowerment, healing and collective transformation.

In an effort to help non-profit organizations solve social problems and enhance well-being for individuals, families, and entire neighborhoods, this workshop went beyond considering music’s common uses to address how community leaders can:

  1. Apply lessons from the field of creativity and cognition to achieve organizational missions and visions
  2. Integrate and use music more intentionally to support successful outcomes

Attendees were introduced to Songwriting Works’ 8 Principles of Creative Engagement – access, inclusion, originality, authenticity, respect, reciprocity, restoration and celebration – and be invited to explore hands-on the application of these principles to their real life situations and goals as non-profit leaders. Judith-Kate shared case studies and results from projects based upon the premise that all individuals – and the collective – are inherently intelligent, creative and musical. Facilitation methods that integrate consensus process, creative inquiry, improvisation, story sharing and participant leadership were also explored.

To learn more about the conference, click here.

“True Colors” Weekend April 22&23 Explores and Celebrates Intersections of Culture

“True Colors” Weekend April 22&23 Explores and Celebrates Intersections of Culture
True Colors Weekend ~ April 22nd and 23rd
Exploring and Celebrating Intersections of Culture, Identity, Ethnicity,
Race and Class through Music, Poetry, Improvisation

Quanita Louise of Nzuzu and Judith-Kate Friedman of Songwriting Works join in creative collaboration for two-related community building events.

Saturday April 22 at 7pm to 9pm: True Colors – An Interactive Concert
Physical Location
: Madrona Mindbody Institute
310 Fort Worden Way, Ft. Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Tickets
truecolorsconcert.brownpapertickets.com
Streaming live on the web: Concert Window  (Click here for live streaming tickets and details!)

Sunday April 23 at 3pm to 5pm: Being Curious Together About Race: A Time for Learning and Connection
Location: The Cotton Building
607 Water Street, Downtown Port Townsend, WA 98368  Fully ADA accessible.
Tickets: 
 beingcuriousaboutrace.brownpapertickets.com
All events are offered on a sliding scale “pay as you wish” basis with support of the Port Townsend Arts Commission

For more info, reservations by phone, or to volunteer, contact: Songwriting Works 360.385.1160 or songwritingworks@gmail.com

EVENT DETAILS: 
 Internationally acclaimed teacher, healer, singer and ritualist Quanita Louise of Nzuzu and Port Townsend-based singer, songwriter and community music-maker Judith-Kate Friedman of Songwriting Works will offer two distinct, yet related, in-depth experiences intended to engage, delight, and catalyze community on the weekend of April 22 and 23rd, 2017 in Port Townsend.

On April 22nd at 7pm, an evening concert – “True Colors” – will give an all ages audience an opportunity to participate as well as listen. The artists will share poetry, song, conversation and improvisation with each other and engage all who are present in the spontaneous creation of poems and a song on the theme of “being our full selves with each other in community.” From exploring inner landscapes and stillness, to raising our collective voices in song and exuberant celebration, the evening will open the way for fresh insights, heart-felt exchange, and deepening authenticity.

This experience will expand further on Sunday, April 23rd, at 3pm, as the two artists facilitate a community conversation entitled “Being Curious Together About Race: A Time for Learning and Connection.”

Judith-Kate puts the weekend in context:
“Creating welcoming communities is about affirming culture. As artists, we wish to bring tools to support collective inquiry and uphold freedom to express one’s identity and celebrate our differences–in terms of culture, ethnicity, race, religion and also age, ability, class, sexual orientation, etc. We’re seeing a rise in – and greater awareness of – hatred, fear, and divisiveness between all kinds of people these are all often rooted in confusions that reach back centuries. Together, we can change this. We use the arts to address what’s happening around us.”

Quanita adds: “What has our attention has really deep heart and meaning. All these can be used as portals to knowing ourselves and each other.”

Both artists create supportive environments for authentic expression, inclusion, inquiry, and social transformation. They will engage participants in a new kind of conversation: One that rises from deep-heartedness and supports individuals and communities to move from judgment to curiosity and from isolation to real connection. As stated on the event flyer: Join us to “discover what happens when we are curious together. We’ll build understanding and trust, allow fear, despair, and grief to be catalyzed in healing, and find new levels of honesty, courage, freedom and connection with each other.”

The True Colors Concert and the Being Curious Community Event are presented with support from the Port Townsend Arts Commission. Admission is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Tickets are available on a “Pay As You Wish” basis in advance (as noted on ticket links above) or at the door. Reservations are suggested.  All revenues will support event costs and the local work of Songwriting Works Educational Foundation. Volunteers are invited to help with outreach and on the days of event.  Contact: Songwriting Works at songwritingworks@gmail.com or call 360.385.1160

ABOUT THE ARTIST-FACILITATORS:

Quanita Louise M.A. is an international spiritual teacher, speaker, author, life coach and a personal and professional development resource dedicated to addressing embedded trauma through healing workshops, retreats, and rituals. In 2016, she presented at the NAACP National Convention on Community/Police Relations and served as the Keynote Speaker for The National Diversity Conference in Brazil. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Development with a concentration in Integral Theory. Quanita is a keeper of ancient indigenous wisdom from the Dagara Tribe of Burkina Faso, West Africa. As a water spirit, she brings the gifts of forgiveness and reconciliation—serving as a peacemaker and bridge builder to communities around the world. www.nzuzu.com

 

Judith-Kate Friedman is a songwriter, vocalist, improviser, producer, speaker, and music catalyst. As founder of Songwriting Works™ Educational Foundation, she is internationally recognized as an innovator in music education and community building through song. On stage and off, Judith-Kate creates contexts in which people of all ages raise their unique voices together. Working in the Oral Tradition, her collaborations connect those diverse in culture, physical and cognitive health, education and economic circumstances. To date, she has co-written more than 320 original songs in collaboration with 3,400 elders, youth, and families, ages 4 to 106. www.songwritingworks.org

ABOUT SONGWRITING WORKS:
An independent 501c3 educational foundation based in Port Townsend, WA, Songwriting Works Educational Foundation (SW) is internationally recognized as an innovator in intergenerational education, creative aging, arts and wellness, and cultural equity and restoration. SW fulfills its mission to restore joy, hope, health and community by engaging neighbors across the continuum of health, age, and musical background in collectively composing and performing their own original songs. Originally founded as an artist-in-residence project in California in 1990, SW began serving North Olympic Peninsula and Salish Sea/Puget Sound communities in 2009, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

7/21-9/1, Summer MusicTeams in Port Townsend and Chimacum

7/21-9/1, Summer MusicTeams in Port Townsend and Chimacum

Three distinct MusicTeams™ series are taking place between July 21 and August 18, giving music lovers of all ages opportunities to collaborate together. In each series they’ll enter a “failure-free zone” where they’ll gain music and leadership skills, practice SW’s 8 Principles of Creative Engagement (see below), and make original music with each other and their neighbors. While they’re at it, they’ll also build new friendships, spark new neural connections and discover “science factoids” about music’s power to boost the immune system, increase brain and body health, transform emotions and spark creativity. Friedman and SW teammate Keeth Monta Apgar of the Harmonica Pocket will co-facilitate. See below for dates and details.

Everyone is Invited to Play

Songwriting Works, the Boiler Room, and the Jefferson County YMCA are eager to bring the power of music learning and improvisation to music lovers of all ages, abilities, and health situations. No prior skills are required. The Boiler Room sessions are free of charge and financial assistance is available for the YMCA series.

So, what can people expect at each of this Summer’s MusicTeams™ series?

“By embracing the idea that everyone has musical intelligence, we’ll give everybody the opportunity to be on a level playing field of creative exploration,” says Friedman. “Studies show that step-by-step mastery of a subject boosts immune system response and creativity, so we’ll start with musical stepping stones, using our voices and instruments to find a common language of sound and rhythm. Building from there, we’ll listen and jam together, using call and response, and solo and ensemble experiments in melody and harmony. The process is very improvisational, yet inclusive and fun!”

MusicTeams™ 2016 Details  

In Series #1 at the Boiler Room (Free. 4 Thursdays: 7/21, 7/28, 8/11, 8/18 from 4:30-6:30pm) each MusicTeam workshop session builds upon the previous one, although everyone is welcome at any time. During the first session of the series, 5 participants (ages 12 to 72) talked about music’s role in their lives and joined in vocal warm-ups, musical improvisation games and more. Those who are inspired to share what they’ve learned in between sessions will become “musical instigators.” They’ll bring music to someone 10 to 30 years older or younger than themselves and receive additional mentoring in musical leadership. No registration required. For more information, contact Amy Howard at the Boiler Room, boilerroomed@gmail.com, (360) 379-8247.

SERIES #2 August 8-12
MusicTeams™ with Songwriting Works at the YMCA
This series is a 5-day musical adventure held as part of the Jefferson County YMCA’s Summer Day Camp for children, ages 5-12. MusicTeams™ sessions are in the afternoon (1-4 p.m.), August 8-12.

SERIES #3 August 9-10
This 2-day adventure is for 3rd-7th graders and takes place at the YMCA in Chimacum. August 9-10. 10am-noon.

For Series #1 and #2, participants must register through the Jefferson County YMCA For more information, contact the YMCA office on the Mountain View Commons campus (360-385-5811) or online at www.jeffersoncountyymca.org Scholarships are available for the YMCA series.

Community musicians are encouraged to join as musical mentors in all three series. To sign up to become a volunteer mentor or assist SW’s SongTeam, email or call SW at songwritingworks@gmail.com or 360.385.1160 by July 25.

The MusicTeams Summer Series will culminate on September 1st at 7 p.m. with a community celebration and participant performance as part of the Boiler Room’s open mic. Save the date!

To sign up to become a volunteer mentor or assist SW’s SongTeam, email or call SW at songwritingworks@gmail.com or 360.385.1160 by July 25.

5/17 SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman Presented at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference!

On Tuesday, May 17th, SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman was honored to be among a distinguished set of presenters at the annual Washington State Nonprofits Conference where over 700 nonprofit and community leaders will come together to listen, learn, and explore ways that “human centered design can connect, transform programs, and advance causes.”

One of 21 other workshops, aimed at sparking creativity and enhancing skills at the conference, Judith-Kate’s Music as Innovation, Participation as Leadership, explored what the arts, improvisation, and neuroscience can teach us about restoration, empowerment, healing and collective transformation.

In an effort to help non-profit organizations solve social problems and enhance well-being for individuals, families, and entire neighborhoods, this workshop went beyond considering music’s common uses to address how community leaders can:

  1. Apply lessons from the field of creativity and cognition to achieve organizational missions and visions
  2. Integrate and use music more intentionally to support successful outcomes

Attendees were introduced to Songwriting Works’ 8 Principles of Creative Engagement – access, inclusion, originality, authenticity, respect, reciprocity, restoration and celebration – and be invited to explore hands-on the application of these principles to their real life situations and goals as non-profit leaders. Judith-Kate shared case studies and results from projects based upon the premise that all individuals – and the collective – are inherently intelligent, creative and musical. Facilitation methods that integrate consensus process, creative inquiry, improvisation, story sharing and participant leadership were also explored.

To learn more about the conference, click here.  

4/22, “Tossed Salad” Radio Show with Phil Andrus features SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman!

4/22, “Tossed Salad” Radio Show with Phil Andrus features SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman!
On Friday, April 22nd, at 2:00-3:30 p.m. (pacific) SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman will join KPTZ’s Phil Andrus on his Tossed Salad radio variety show. For this month’s Songs from the Sound segment, she’ll be singing live and spinning records to celebrate Earth Day, the arrival of Spring, and themes of freedom and renewal related to traditional and original Passover seder songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English, including several from the Workman’s Circle Labor Song Tradition and Haggadah.
Judith-Kate sang with world-renowned acapella ensemble Vocolots for eight years and will feature some of their songs in five and six part harmony as well!

 Tune in from 2:00-3:30 pm (pacific) at 91.9 fm or listen to the live stream online at KPTZ.org!

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SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman to Facilitate “Creative Caregiving” Event in Washington, D.C.

SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman to Facilitate “Creative Caregiving” Event in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, May 21st – Judith Kate Friedman and other key leaders in the field of creative caregiving will gather at The Kreeger Museum in D.C. to facilitate an all-day event, entitled “Flourishing: The Art of Creative Caregiving.”

"The Creative Age" Conference will be held at the Kreeger Museum (pictured) in D.C., 5/19-5/21
The NCCA’s “Creative Age” Conference will be held at the Kreeger Museum , 5/19-5/21

This day-long event allows participants to examine the concept of flourishing and core assumptions and expectations that are transforming caregiving. Participants will explore the impact of creativity on the role of the caregiver, experience signature museum-based programs designed for care partners, and work with master teaching artists to deepen practice and skills. The day will also feature technological conversation around the inaugural launch of the NCCA Creative Caregiving Initiative and concludes with participants creating a personal action plan that integrates learnings of the day.

Faculty include:

  • Anne Basting, TimeSlips
  • Rebecca Carr, Conversations Program Manager, The Kreeger Museum
  • Antonia Dapena-Tretter, Head of Education, The Kreeger Museum
  • Greg Finch, Director of Field Services, NCCA
  • Gary Glazner, Founder and Director, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
  • Maria Genné, Founder and Director,  Kairos Alive!
  • Judy A. Greenberg, Director, The Kreeger Museum
  • Laurel Humble, Assistant Educator, MOMA Alzheimer’s Project
  • Judith-Kate Friedman, Founder and Director, Songwriting Works
  • Elizabeth Lokon, PhD Founder and Director, Opening Minds through Art
  • Margery Pabst, The Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts
  • Jessica Kay Ruhle, Associate Curator of Education, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Brooke Rosenblatt, Head of Public Engagement, The Phillips Collection

Click here to learn more and to register!