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Q&A Interview with SW Founder Judith-Kate

Q&A Interview with SW Founder Judith-Kate

We’re kicking off our new Q&A series with a nod to National Poetry Month as SW’s founder/director Judith-Kate Friedman and Community Relations Coordinator Sam Robinson discuss the intersection of poetry, spontaneous group creation, and SW’s Signature Songwriting Workshops!

Sam: A poem is the distillation of an individual’s memories, artistic influences, current mood, and intention. An SW-workshop composed song consists of a similar distillation, except it emanates from the group, rather than the individual. Could you comment on the similarities and differences between these two creative environments?

JK: SW’s song process is a grand improvisation that moves from conversation and inquiry….(“What should we write about today?”) to the crafting of lyric, poetry, rhythm and melody. As participant’s thoughts are captured verbatim on the easel sheets the group sees as well as hears their individual – and soon collective – natural rhythm, cadences, rhymes, off-rhymes and alliteration that show up.

Sam: What role does that facilitator play in helping crystallize the thoughts, emotions, melodies, and mood of the participants?

JK: SW’s facilitators bring their love of the musicality within words and their experience crafting lyrics and poetic forms from random phrases to teach and illustrate what the group is bringing forth. They use repetition and call and response to help the group entrain to the rhythms of keeper lines (though this also happens very organically with no prompting from a professional!). Participants focus on elements of speech, image and emotion as facilitators read from the easel sheets and recap what’s been said in the group. As words, images and lines are circled and phrases are spoken out loud to feel their rhythm, melodies may pop out or be invited for a great line (“Who has a melody for that?”). Poetic aspects are addressed and learned about in the process – not so much intellectually as literally and viscerally. This way, participants in all cognitive situations and of all levels of experience are equally in-the-moment of creativity together.

Sam: Are there any poems or poets in particular that infuse your approach to workshops?

JK: While there isn’t a particular poem or poet that has influenced the Songwriting Works™ process or my approach to facilitating, poetry itself informs me all the time. The SW approach to listening involves creating a relaxed environment in which people are truly themselves, talking the way they really talk about things they care about or dream about. As they share their stories, the facilitator’s job is to show the group the beauty in the poetry of their own speech as we select “keeper lines” and build upon their images to make the lyric and find the music of the song.

See that process in action through this clip:

 

8/14, “Tossed Salad” Radio Show with Phil Andrus features Hanna Trailer & Judith-Kate Friedman

8/14, “Tossed Salad” Radio Show with Phil Andrus features Hanna Trailer & Judith-Kate Friedman

On Friday, August 14th, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (pacific) Life’s A Song musician Hanna Trailer and SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman will join KPTZ’s Phil Andrus on his radio variety show Tossed Salad to discuss and preview songs from Songwriting Works’ forthcoming album, Life’s a Song

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

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6/26, “Tossed Salad” Radio with Phil Andrus features SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman, Replaying 6/30 from 9-10:30 p.m!

6/26, “Tossed Salad” Radio with Phil Andrus features SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman, Replaying 6/30 from 9-10:30 p.m!

Edit: Replaying Tuesday, June 30th from 9:00-10:30 p.m. (pacific) on 91.9 FM and streaming online at www.kptz.org!

On Friday, June 26th, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (pacific) SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman will join KPTZ’s Phil Andrus on his radio variety show Tossed Salad to celebrate summer, preview songs from Songwriting Works’ forthcoming album, Life’s a Song, and play a brand new song or two live!

This show will launch a monthly series where Judith-Kate and Phil will talk about the power of song, near and far…

 Tune in from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (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!

SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman to Present at “Remembering Rachel Carson” Symposium in Chicago

SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman to Present at “Remembering Rachel Carson” Symposium in Chicago

“Remembering Rachel Carson and Creating Environmental Art” – the Symposium

On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 Songwriting Works’ founder Judith-Kate Friedman will present on “Songwriting By the Salish Sea: Cross-generational Creativity and Lessons from the Rural NorthWest” at the Aging in America conference. Her talk will be one of five featured in a Symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s influential  book “Sense of Wonder,” which launched the modern environmental movement, and the 7th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency’s intergenerational “Sense of Wonder” contest.

Wednesday's Aging in America Event will Honor the Creative Spirit of Rachael Carson (pictured above)
Wednesday’s Aging in America Event will Honor the Creative Spirit of Rachael Carson (pictured above)

About “Sense of Wonder” — the Intergenerational Contest Experience

Between 2007 and 2014 multigenerational teams from across the U.S. came together to enter the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder contest. Results included an increased shared appreciation for the environment; greater interest in stewardship of the environment; shared memories of beautiful places across generation, and creating artwork as an intergenerational team in a given locality or region. Presenters will demonstrate how they developed and used evidence-based programs and principles to meet the need for creative aging and intergenerational programming across the lifespan. Attendees will learn how the power of art and creativity expressed through words, songwriting, art and dance can influence policy makers and the public via unique events and social media.

Presenters: 

“Generations Together Visualizing and Creating Natural Wonders” – Kathy Sykes, Senior Advisor for Aging and Sustainability, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

“Creating a Legacy at The Intergenerational School: the Sense and Wonder of Rachel Carson” – Peter Whitehouse, MD, PhD, Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Cleveland, OH

“Songwriting By the Salish Sea: Cross-generational Creativity and Lessons from the Rural NorthWest” – Judith-Kate Friedman, Founder and Director, Songwriting Works Educational Foundation

“Dancing Rachel Carson’s Legacy: Creating a sense of wonder through intergenerational dance, music and story” – Maria Genne, MEd, Founder and Director, Kairos Alive!, Minneapolis, MN

“Bring History Alive through Intergenerational Arts Education” – Jennie Smith-Peers, Executive Director, Elders Share the Arts, NY, NY

SW at Creative Aging in America/Rachael Carson Event in Chicago!

On Wednesday, March 25th, SW founder and director, Judith-Kate Friedman, will join a group of distinguished presenters at a Creative Aging in America Event celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book “Sense of Wonder.”

Presentations include:

Generations Together Visualizing and Creating Natural Wonders (Kathy Sykes)

Creating a Legacy at The Intergenerational School: the Sense and Wonder of Rachel Carson (Peter Whitehouse)

Dancing Rachel Carson’s Legacy: Creating a sense of wonder through intergenerational dance, music and story (Maria Genne)

Bring History Alive through Intergenerational Arts Education (Jennie Smith-Peers)

Songwriting By the Salish Sea: Cross-generational Creativity and Lessons from the Rural NorthWest (Judith-Kate Friedman)