Wells Street Bridge to host RiverDrums
Jun15

Wells Street Bridge to host RiverDrums

It 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 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....

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TRACK: Using the Power of Art to Combat Child Abuse
May24

TRACK: Using the Power of Art to Combat Child Abuse

Can artistic expression change the lives of children in Fort Wayne? Three Rivers Art Center for Kids (TRACK) is a new non-profit organization that is calling attention to the issue of child abuse through the arts. TRACK founder Terry Doran has been involved with the arts and non-profits in Fort Wayne for over 30 years. As children, he and his brothers were both victims of mental and emotional abuse by their mother. Doran sat down for an interview recently after a TRACK benefit concert in remembrance of his brother Rick who died in 2000 after a subsequent and lingering battle with depression. Since Rick’s passing, Doran took these experiences and focused them into a community dialogue about child abuse with a small group of volunteers, and founded TRACK in late 2012. The dialogue continues next month, as Katherine Reddick will be discussing child welfare at the Allen County Public Library – Main Branch, Meeting Room A at 2 pm on Saturday, June 28. Reddick, an educator from Texas, received international exposure in 2013 after writing a “scathing” newspaper obituary with her brother about their abusive mother to shed light on the issue of child abuse. Reddick will also be holding three workshops on foster care and challenges associated with it. The entire event will be free to attend. “She really wants people to leave with a feeling that they can do something,” said Doran. Funded by a Cable Fund Access Board grant, outreach events like this have been the focus of the organization since its founding. Past outreach includes the benefit concert for Rick, two public awareness programs with Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne and an award-winning dance performance on the issue of child abuse by the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. “The shows have been successful in terms of quality,” said Doran. The organization has had issues with a tight budget and no permanent space, which has limited its ability to work directly with children. Recently, Byron Health Center, a senior care facility north of Fort Wayne, reached out to Doran and offered use of its recreation center, free of charge, to do classes, events, and activities for kids. In the long term, TRACK would like to be downtown as part of the downtown revitalization efforts, but, getting started, Byron should serve its needs well. “TRACK is not just for abused kids, it’s for all kids. I believe that you need to have healthy kids interacting with kids that have problems, and I think that will benefit both of them.” TRACK wants to start up new classes for children and get people interested in volunteering in sharing any artistic...

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