Pass The Spark
Firerock is catalytic DIY family-friendly musical & community activation project designed to bring people together to address climate instability with heart and imagination.
At The Academy for the Love of Learning
Co-Founder/ Founding Director
Lifesongs is a life-affirming, intergenerational arts program that engages local communities to heal the fear that shrouds aging, illness, and death. Through deep relationship-building, storytelling, music, and performance, Lifesongs promotes dignity and inclusion for elders and those at the end of life. Lifesongs brings together youth, elders, and community members to create musical events and new artistic works that that build community, lift vision and voices, and cultivates a sense of joy and well-being in participants.
Active in the national conversation around creative aging, Lifesongs brings elders and people in hospice together with artists, youth, and other community members in creative exchange. Working one-on-one and in ensembles, participants develop original works that incorporate music, movement, and multimedia to explore the richness of all stages of life.
After many months of collaboration, the pieces are performed in a public concert by professional musicians, local choirs, and artists of all ages. Through witnessing our elders’ songs and stories, we connect around what we share as opposed to what separates us, we bless and heal the past, and we hold our elders and the dying in their potential rather than their decline.In addition to public performances and scalable concerts, Lifesongs provides free and public facilitated dialogues on death and dying with community partners. In 2015, Lifesongs launched the Story Gathering project. The Story Gathering project brings youth, community members, and elders together to share stories and life experiences. Participants collaboratively shape stories into new works of writing and art to present to the wider community. While deepening its roots in northern New Mexico, Lifesongs is carefully fostering and mentoring projects in other communities around the country.
Founder & Conductor
Participatory improvisational musical and creative events that incorporate community expressions, lift vision and weave diverse voices. Home songs cultivates a sense of joy and well-being in participants. Home songs have been done with large audiences, non-profit organizations, audiences and choirs to provide live-sound for silent film, senior center residents, schools and many more.