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Rebuilding East Ninth Street Artist Grant: We are thrilled to have received an artist grant for our project “Songs & Stories of East Lawrence.” In early 2020, we will bring together people of all ages who live in or have affection for East Lawrence to share their neighborhood stories, crowd-source new songs, and learn about the natural and human history of the neighborhood.

Our project includes two day-long writing and singing workshops, a Wild East Lawrence walk with naturalist Ken Lassman, and two new songs we will write with workshop participant input. Kelley will hold choir rehearsals to teach people how to sing back-up on those new songs. Caryn will work with participants to revise and ready their new writing to include in a book of neighborhood stories and poems. It will all culminate in a book launch concert featuring participant readings and performance and the debut of the new songs.

We are honored to join fellow artists funded for innovative and life-giving community arts projects: Zia, Nick Carswell, Stephen Johnson, Meredith Moore, Epicenter, Marlo Angell, Mike Riggs & Kent Smith, and St. Luke’s AME Church. More here. 

The Power of Deep Listening To Heal, Connect and Transform: Insights from DDP and Beyond Conference: We will be presenting an all-day workshop, “The Song and Story In Your Heart and Mine” and giving a collaborative performance at this international conference on Dyadic Development Psychotherapy. While the conference speaks especially to  professionals in mental health as well as parents and caregivers, our all-day workshop is open to the general public (registration fee required). It’s all happening Sept. 9-11 at University of Kansas Edward’s Center in Overland Park, Kansas. More here.

Brave Voice 2020: May 17-22 at White Memorial Camp, Council Grove, KS: Registration is now open for our 15th annual Brave Voice. Join us for a lovely retreat in the lush, vibrant, and spirited Flint Hills of Kansas. More information here.

About Brave Voice

We know how opening our voice through writing, singing and songwriting enhances our lives and communities. In addition to workshops and retreats, we offer collaborative performances featuring Kelley’s & Caryn’s co-written songs, Kelley’s music, and Caryn’s poetry, and in-services, consulting and workshops for businesses, organizations and institutions. Kelley Hunt, an internationally-renowned singer-songwriter, has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, solo and with the Kelley Hunt band, and she has released four critically-acclaimed albums. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, the Poet Laureate of Kansas, is a poet and writer with 23 books in print (including poetry, memoir, a novel, a non-fiction book, a writing guide, and anthologies), and she founded Transformative Language Arts, a program at Goddard College and movement.

Please consider donations to support scholarships for Brave Voice. All funds donated will be used exclusively to help others attend our annual retreat. You may donate funds to underwrite a specific person’s scholarship, in honor or in memory of someone dear to you, or for a special occasion. Please contact us for more information.