The RUFF Writers of New Sun Rising holds monthly workshops, March-November, to create children’s picture books as a classroom, after-school or home activity. At this event, turn simple family stories into children’s books with journalist Jane Miller & Hana Haatainen-Caye (who has sold 100 of her children’s books to iStoryBooks, including her popular Lincoln and Laura series). Cost: Donations.
Pittonkatonk is music without boundaries. Pittonkatonk is a grassroots initiative to connect people through music and to use music to promote fair & just relations between people & society. It is a place where the audience and musicians become one. Pittonkatonk is music in a public space that belongs to everyone, with no stage, no doors & no right way to express yourself. There is no admission fee, no corporate sponsors & nothing is for sale. It is a pot-luck event where participants bring food, drink, music, dancing & the desire to come together to celebrate what music & community really can be.
We connect local teens & adults with national & local musicians, activists & educators in order to empower them to use their love of performing music to engage the world around them. Our mission is to promote music performance as a means of achieving positive personal, social & political outcomes. To achieve this we have designed a series of workshops that engender purposeful music performance on a communal level, blurring the lines between performer and spectator, entertainment & activism.