Carpe Diem! Community Sing
We would love to see you at our next Carpe Diem Community Sing!
Saturday, January 21, 6:30-7:30 pm ET.
A joyful virtual gathering to sing in community with others! Join us as we celebrate January, Martin Luther King, and more.
Our songleaders will include The Amidons, Thea Hopkins, Jim Harkless, and Arnae Batson.!
We sure hope to see you there!
Note: We have shifted back to virtual as we head into the winter months. It is safe health-wise, it is more inclusive of both artists and participants, and it creates a thoughtful space for sharing and being inspired to sing along.
Facebook Live: facebook.com/carpediemarts2you/live
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.
POST COVID CRISIS, we may 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.
Sign up in advance to lead a song by contacting
Busy Graham: 301-466-0183
Jo Rasi: 301-587-3835