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Carpenter, Margot "The Heart Knows Better": Changing Prejudice to Kindness Life Skills- Other,
Media- Film,
Multicultural- Other
Learn where racism begins and how it can end, during a film and talk presentation by award winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman. View 3 short films by Mr. Kimmelman, the Emmy Award winning public service film "The Heart Knows Better"; "Brushstrokes," an anti-prejudice film commissioned by the UN; and "What Does a Person Deserve?" a celebrated film against homelessness and hunger. The films are part of an interactive presentation about how the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, founded by American educator Eli Siegel, can change prejudice to kindness. His statement is the basis for "The Heart Knows Better": "It will be found that black and white man have the same goodnesses, the same temptations, and can be criticized in the same way. The skin may be different, but the aorta is quite the same."
$101- $200
Lester, Mary Ireland & Scotland - Verse & Music Literature- Poetry,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Songs, melodies, and poems from old and recent Ireland and Scotland open a view of our Celtic heritage. Mary Lester, Josh Gregg, and Jon Griffin perform on Irish harp, fiddle, and guitar.
$101- $200
TheatreworksUSA, - Queen Nur's VOICES OF COURAGE History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Acclaimed storyteller Queen Nur takes on the roles of several exceptionally strong African-American pioneers including Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Mary McLeod Bethune and Cathy Williams, in an indellible tour de force performance.
$501- $1000
Collins, Dawn North American Music (Appalachian Trail, Shakers, Native American) History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Native American Tunes Songs, chants and tunes drawn from various tribes, display of Native American style flutes, historical information and demonstration with tunes played on the Native American style flute, drums and rattles. Shaker Tunes and Movement Songs collected from the Shakers with movement or gestures, including “I Will Bow and Be Simple,” “Love Is Little,” and “More Love,” and “I Will Bend Like the Willow” Appalachian and Traditional Potpourri Songs and tunes from the Appalachian Trail, Colonial times, and the Underground Railroad played on the Appalachian mountain lap dulcimer and banjitar. Audience participation encouraged.
$101- $200
Schuman, Sandy Same and Different: The Neverending Story of Chanukah History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Many people have some knowledge of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, usually incomplete and often inaccurate. I present the historical origins of the holiday in a way that is entertaining, understandable, and informative to audiences whether or not they are already familiar with the holiday. I am especially concerned with universal aspects of the story that relate to the ongoing struggle of people whose cultural and/ or religious background is different from that of the dominant culture. (This presentation was featured at "Sharing the Fire: The Northeast Storytelling Conference" in 2013 and will be published in "Story Club Magazine" in December, 2016.)
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John A Celtic Mid-Winter Revel: Music for the 12 Days of Christmas Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celtic Christmas and Mid-Winter celebrations through the centuries were a twelve-day flurry of spirited songs, mythical airs, quaint traditions, and mirthful customs and stories. The duo of John and Sondra Bromka offer an evocative and festive collection of seasonal music on their diverse array of Celtic instruments including harp, hammered dulcimer, 2 kinds of historic bagpipes, button accordeon, Irish cittern, bodhran, and guitar.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane A Celtic Evening Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Irish Culture comes to life with Storytelling, Song and the strains of the Celtic harp. In A Celtic Evening, Diane brings to life Ireland’s storytelling treasures from the humorous Legend of Knockgrafton to the hauntingly beautiful Deirdre of the Sorrows. The most famous of all Irish romances, Deirdre weaves together Druidic prophecies with a forbidden passion so profound it dares to defy the fates. The performance is set against a lush background of harp music: original and traditional melodies played by the versatile Margot Chamberlain on a variety of Celtic folk harps. Enjoy an evening of humor, passion and music with these two inspiring performers. A Celtic Evening is also available as a full musical event with the addition of Michael Punzak on story and fiddle and Tom Megan on accordion, keyboard and pennywhistle. Thoughtfully composed and beautifully presented, A Celtic Evening was a joy for us all. The combination of both your talents made for an inspirational evening that moved the audience to laughter and to tears, and left us with a feeling that magic was in the air. Director of programming, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA
$501- $1000
McKeon-Pierce, Lonna Remembering Anna Marlak: A Trunk Show on Immigration History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This one-woman show uses artifacts from Mrs. Pierce's grandmother, as she re-tells her immigrant journey all alone, through Ellis Island, to Binghamton, NY, in 1907. This makes the ordeal understandable, powerful,and personal. The storyteller draws each item from the trunk, including photographs, costumes, and small treasures from the Russian and Armenian cultures. The trunk is the very same used by Mr. Pierce's grandmother, who escaped the Armenian Genocide in the early 1900's. Audience members are encouraged to preserve oral histories and artifacts of their ancestors to help understand themselves better; and realize what gifts and curses run through their family history.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Native American Nature Tales Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon's Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. For older audiences the performance features beautiful legends of the spirit like Jumping Mouse. Join one of New England's favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of the landscape. Through these how and why legends, students begin to understand how Native American culture clothed their world in story and how this enlivened both imagination and world. "Your stories were wonderful. The teachers and the students agreed that your presentation is one of the best we've ever had. Thank you so much for bringing to life our study of myths and legends." Missy Thomson, teacher and school librarian, Woodville School, Wakefield, MA
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn Sound Wellness and Mindful Healing Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
An introduction to principles of sound wellness and the use of the voice as an instrument. Participants learn about sacred sound, psychoacoustics, breathing mindfully, cross-cultural mantra, vocalizations and chant. Fun and supportive gestures are taught to support the voice, and the relaxing, meditative state of mind you are capable of entering. Through the use of the voice as a sound portal, multiple benefits occur - emotional, physical benefits and spiritual connections are strengthened. You do not need to be a singer or have any musical background. No wrong note instruments may be demonstrated and available for audience participation.
$101- $200
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