Wells Street Bridge to host RiverDrums

RiverDrums 2016It all comes back to our rivers. A celebration about the gateway to Fort Wayne is planned on the historic Wells Street Bridge this Sunday, June 19 from 12 to 9 pm.

This free public event hosted by Three Rivers Art Center for Kids (TRACK) will feature artists, performers, speakers, and discussions on history, the rivers, and social issues. The theme of the day will be “we are one world, one people.” RiverDrums will also celebrate two important events: Father’s Day and freedom. June 19 is Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, which celebrates the abolition of slavery.

RiverDrums will remember Kekionga, the capital of the Miami tribe, which was the last settlement of Native Americans in the area prior to the founding of Fort Wayne.

“I’d like [attendees] to feel inspired,” said Terry Doran, co-organizer of RiverDrums. “We want to demonstrate the best of human nature.”

As for “the best of human nature,” Doran sees all kinds of people coming together to freely share in both art and an appreciation for the river.

The opening Ceremony will feature the poem “RiverDrums” by Patty Hunter with Cherokee artist Ken Noland on the flute. Abigail King of Save Maumee Grassroots Organization will be “sailing” down the St. Mary’s River. Fernando Zapari, publisher of El Mexicano Newspaper will lead the reflection, “Remembering Kekionga.”

The rest of the day’s events are listed below.

Performers and speakers

  • Alicia Pyle and Trinell Armour – jazz music performance

    Wells Street Bridge (Photo/Tim Zink)

    Wells Street Bridge (Photo/Tim Zink)

  • Ken Noland – flute performance
  • The Chrome Cats – hip-hop performance
  • Jain Young and the Fort Wayne Drum Circle – drumming
  • Blind Uncle Harry – rock performance
  • Fort Wayne Dance Collective – “Pineapple Project” dance performance
  • Indianapolis Chinese Symphony Orchestra – Chinese and Western music performance
  • Ken Noland and Teacher Ka – Native American music performance
  • Kwan Hui – a short demo of traditional Chinese drumming by
  • Shelley Septer – “Backpacks of Hope” discussion (on homelessness)
  • Maleah Heck – “Surviving Child Abuse” discussion
  • Group discussion – “On Being a Dad”

Activities for children (and adults)

  • Basche Martial Arts free mini classes
  • Art projects with Peggy Tassler owner, SOZO Art Studio
  • Create a RiverDrums mural with artist Frank Louis Allen

Food will be available at the event from Food Not Bombs and King Arthur Trolley Food Truck.

For more information, specific times, and updates to the event schedule, go to RiverDrums on Facebook. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blankets, as the weather hopefully will be warm and sunny.

RiverDrums is a presentation of Three Rivers Art Center for Kids (TRACK ), whose mission is to present public programs utilizing the power of art and community dialogue to raise awareness on subjects relating to abuse. For more information on TRACK, please visit their website. This event is sponsored by Basche Martial Arts, Friends of the Third World, El Mexicano Newspaper, Fresh Eye Promotions, Sweetwater Sound, Infinity Casket Vault and Monument Company, Anthem Insurance. Video coverage funding provided by Cable Access Fund Board.

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Tim Zink

Author: Tim Zink

Director-at-Large of Communications for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. Adviser to current Living Fort Wayne leadership team. Contributor to Living Fort Wayne since April 2014.

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