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Tuesday, July 22 2014

Music Barbecue Coming Up at Earthdance

Adapted from an Earthdance press release:

On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Earthdance Creative Living Project will host a community barbecue in conjunction with partner program Julius Ford/Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Community (JF/HTHLC)'s annual conference.  Live music will be provided by Tem Blessed and the Blest Energy Band.  All are welcome!

This barbecue will provide an opportunity to meet the youth of, and organizing force behind, JH/HTHLC and to support them in their efforts for a healthier, more just, society.  Donations to this year's JF/HTHLC Indiegogo campaign can be made at or at the barbecue.  Also present will be The Nipponzan Myohoji Peace Walkers, who will embark the next day on their commemorative walk for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, joined by the Julius Ford and Earthdance communities.

Since 2007, the JF/HTHLC has been bringing heart- and mind-opening experiences to youth of color and other marginalized youth by exploring  tools for empowerment. This dedicated group engages in critical thinking and communication skills, integrative art-making and performance, and practices to tackle issues of institutional racism, health disparities, educational and ecological discrimination, sexism, homophobia, and more. Each year, 30-50 youth gather for a week-long conference at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA.  This year's conference takes place from July 27th-August 1st.   

Earthdance is located at 252 Prospect Street in Plainfield, MA and more information can be found at


Earthdance Creative Living Project is an artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located Plainfield, MA.  They provide a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community.  Earthdance has been spearheading innovative arts programming, and maintaining a beautiful facility for rental groups in the Pioneer Valley, for nearly three decades.