Honoring Diversity

Mary Lee Lightfoot recounts walking with Dr. MLK in Selma at St. Mary's in San Francisco – with Judith-Kate Friedman – Photo by Aikya Param
Mary Lee Lightfoot recounts walking with Dr. MLK in Selma at St. Mary’s in San Francisco – with Judith-Kate Friedman – Photo by Aikya Param

Community building through original music-making is central to Songwriting Works’ vision and mission. Inter-cultural, inter-generational and inter-faith programs and workshops give music lovers of all walks of life and health the opportunity to connect with each other and to be seen, respected, heard and celebrated through song.

“Participants from age 4 to 100+ have composed songs in a diverse styles including: gospel, blues, klezmer, polka, Latin, Russian, bluegrass, country, old-time, jazz, folk, rock, rap, hip-hop and sacred chant.”

Songwriting is a way to explore and express common concerns, dreams, and truths. Trained facilitators honor each person’s contributions throughout the process, inviting important stories and understandings to be shared. Lyrics spring from participants’ ideas and natural speech; their humor, rhythms, turns of phrase, and stories are woven into song composed by consensus.

Authenticity and originality rise from cultural roots and each person’s knowledge based in decades of listening to – and for some, experience playing – music. Participants from age 4 to 100+ have composed songs in a diverse styles including: gospel, blues, klezmer, polka, Latin, Russian, bluegrass, country, old-time, jazz, folk, rock, rap, hip-hop and sacred chant.

Completed songs may pay tribute to community leaders, reminisce about times in nature or history, celebrate the miracle of becoming grandchildren and grandparents…The possibilities are limitless! Performances can celebrate heritage, historic era, and sense of place, thereby creating a cultural musical tapestry long-remembered into the future.

Access

Accessibility and inclusion are Songwriting Works’ first two principles of Creative Engagement. SW is committed to maximizing access to all our programs – physically and attitudinally.

All SW workshops, public programs and events are held at ADA accessible venues. Printed materials are made available in large print. 
Braille programs and ASL interpretation can be provided upon request.

SW’s YouTube channel includes some closed captioned videos (more to come).

If you have questions or would like to contact us regarding access needs or requests, please phone 360.385.1160 or email: director (at) songwritingworks (dot) org.