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Jamaican Music, Culture and Storytelling

17 August 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Clemmons Family Farm

Your young citizens of the world will have A LOT of fun learning about Jamaican music and culture with Master Teaching Artist Michael Dyke. Mr. Dyke will inspire children 8 – 11 years old to put aside their digital devices and enjoy a musically immersive experience, mindfulness and fun, inspiring connections with the artist and with others. While your kiddos enjoy the music, songs and storytelling, you’ll finally get your chance to slip away to enjoy a tour of the beautiful Barn House with its exhibits scheduled at the same time and located just down the hill. A perfect way for families to spend Saturday morning on the Farm!
The Jamaican music and culture classes are held inside the air-conditioned Authentica Art Gallery on the Clemmons Family Farm if it’s too hot outside, and on the lawns behind the Gallery if the weather is nice.
Saturday mornings 10 – 11:30 AM from August 17 – September 7.

About the Clemmons Family Farm
Located in Charlotte near beautiful Lake Champlain, the Clemmons Family Farm is ​one of the largest African-American-owned historic farms in Vermont today. The farm, which is an official landmark on the Vermont African American Heritage Trai, includes 6 historic buildings (circa late 1700s-1800s), a spacious 1990’s residence, and 148 acres of prime farmland and forests, ponds and streams abundant with wildlife.

Did you know that by attending our arts and culture events you are helping to preserve one of the rare African-American owned farms in the state of Vermont and in New England as a cultural heritage asset for the community? There are nearly one billion acres of farmland in the United States. Over the past century, while White Americans lost 3% of their farmland, African-American farmland ownership in the U.S. decreased by 93%: from a combined total of 44 million acres to just 3.5 million acres today.

Although African-Americans make up about 13% of the US population, less than half of one percent (0.4%) of all farms in the United States are African-American-owned.
According to the 2012 United States agriculture census, of the nearly 7000 farms in Vermont, only 19 are African-American-owned or operated.

Of the 1.2 million acres of farmland in Vermont, only 740 acres are owned or principally operated by African Americans.

Where do I park?
The West African drumming and dancing will be held outside at the Clemmons Family Farm’s old Authentica African Art Imports gallery, located at 2190 Greenbush Road (Adirondack Mountain side). Please park across the road (east side of Greenbush Road) on the lawns on either side of the driveway at 2213 Greenbush Road. You will see “Event Parking” signs indicating the areas where you can park and some of our friendly volunteers will be around to help direct you. You will then cross the road (please look both ways before crossing!) and walk overl to the Authentica shop.

Is it ok to bring children?
Yes! This event is specifically for children 8 – 11 years old. Children will LOVE the music, using their bodies for percussion rhythms, and singing with Mr. Dyke- and it’s great exercise, too! Children younger than 8 years old are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

So it’s just Mr. Dyke with 20 kids? Really??
Clemmons Family Farm will have one or two additional members of our team on site to assist and make sure everyone is having a good time. While we encourage parents to check out the Barn House tour, they are also very welcome to stay and watch the kids drumming and dancing.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact us if you have any questions about the event at clemmonsfamilyfarm2art@gmail.com or call and leave us a message at (765) 560-5445 and we’ll get back to you.

Where can I learn more about the Clemmons Family Farm?
Please check out our website and like us on Facebook!

The Clemmons Family Farm’s arts and culture community-building events are made possible with major support from ArtPlace America. Of nearly 1000 applicants nationwide, our A Sense of Place project is one of just 23 receipients of ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund grants. We work in partnership with Champlain College, Burlington City Arts and a growing number of Vermont-based organizations.