Monthly Themes: Cultural Heritage & Holidays
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; Music-in-the-Schools Month, International World Puppet Day, International Day for the Elimination of Racism, and Welcoming the Spring (spring equinox).
Arab American Heritage Month; Deaf Awareness Month (March 13-April 15); 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, Pete Seeger's Birthday (May 3, 1919).
June 21: Summer Solstice
Caribbean American Heritage Month, Celebration of Juneteenth; Fathers Day; National Accordion Month (!); Pride 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, Labor Songs, International Peace Day, the Fall Harvest and Equinox!
German, Italian, Polish American Heritage Month; Global Diversity Awareness Month; National Arts & Humanities Month, Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct 12):
NOTE: Let's work on designating a Ukulele Awareness Month!
Native American Heritage Month; National Adoption Month & Day (Nov 20); World Freedom Day (Nov 9); Thanksgiving (Nov 25): 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)
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.)
Later we moved to Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW D.C. (across from Takoma Metro)
Carpe Diem Community Sings now remain a free and open virtual singing space to combat issues of isolation and accessibility, offering song leaders, hosts, and musical styles from around the world. Attendees can sing along to music both new and familiar, while building community and finding connection.
All ages welcome, no experience necessary
Suggested donation $5.
Sign up in advance to lead a song by contacting
Busy Graham: 301-466-0183
Jo Rasi: 301-587-3835