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
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.
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

 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 or call 360.385.1160


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.


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.

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.