Sing with Us!
Please join us! Monday, December 21, 6:30-7:30 pm for a memorable and uplifting evening of song in the now-familiar virtual space that makes it possible to share experiences with family and friends from near and far. We will be singing in celebration of the Winter Holidays, the Solstice, Peace and Good Will, and Hope for the coming New Year.
Hosted by Binta Coulibaly and featuring these award-winning artists:
Jennifer Cutting & Steve Winick from Ocean Orchestra and the Library of Congress
Ayanna Gregory: Daughter of renowned civil rights leader and comedian Dick Gregory
Dan and Claudia Zanes: GRAMMY Award-winning recording artists and songwriters
Lilo Gonzalez: Celebrated bilingual singer-songwriter and pied piper of children's music
Let us know you will be joining us--and please invite friends & family to share the experience!
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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! CultureSpot article about the Community Sings
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND OF THE COMMUNITY FAMILY SINGS
Carpe Diem Arts hosted the first Carpe Diem Community Sing on June 21, 2012 at the Historic Silver Spring B&O Train Station, which was once the home of Class Acts Arts (now Artivate).
We later moved the Sings to the Silver Spring Civic Building soon after it opened, since we were also holding our monthly Community Dances there in the Great Hall. (Click HERE for more history/background on Sings.)
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with songs of Peace, Liberty, and Justice
Celebrating Black History Month with Songs of Hope and Freedom
in the Blues, Gospel and Spiritual tradition
Songs of Love from across the globe for Valentine’s Day
March 21: Spring Equinox
Irish American Heritage Month; Women's History Month; National Reading Month; Welcoming the Spring / Songs for Gatherings (spring equinox).
Arab American Heritage Month; Environmental Awareness Month/Earth Day.
NOTE: In 2020, we celebrated the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day 2020 with a major online Festival viewed by over 6,000 people.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; Jewish American Heritage Month; Mother's Day.
June 21: Summer Solstice
Caribbean American Heritage Month, Celebration of Juneteenth; Fathers Day; National Accordion Month (!), and the official arrival of summer.
Songs and Rounds from the American tradition in celebration of Independence Day (incl. shape-note, Appalachian folk, blues and bluegrass), plus International Songs from the LPC-Ecole Songbook -- and National Ice Cream Month!
Rhythms, Rhymes & Routines (Back to School)
September 21: Fall Equinox
Hispanic Heritage, African Heritage Month, Harvest and Labor Songs, and the official arrival of Autumn!
German, Italian, Polish American Heritage Month; Global Diversity Awareness Month; National Arts & Humanities Month, Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct 12): Juneteenth, Fathers Day, African American Music Appreciation Month, Immigrant Heritage Month, Pride Month, the Great Outdoors Month, and... Accordion Awareness Month! (Let's also work on designating a Ukulele Awareness Month!)
Native American Heritage Month; National Adoption Month & Day (Nov 21); World Freedom Day (Nov 9); Thanksgiving (Nov 26): Songs of Gratitude and Grace
December 21: Winter Solstice
Celebration of the Season and Solstice with interfaith singing and caroling in the neighborhood or online (depending on pandemic situation)
POST COVID CRISIS, we will return to our usual location: Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW D.C. (across from Takoma Metro)
Featuring numerous special guest song leaders.
All ages welcome, no experience necessary
Bring refreshments and songs to share if you wish.
Suggested donation $5.