August Newsletter

by | Aug 17, 2023 | Newsletter

Greetings ,

Here we are in the ripe harvest of summer embracing the heat with some cool events. Preparing for a big, beautiful fall ahead, here are some sweet gatherings and events coming up…

Special Events:

  • Mali Dance and Music w/ LIVE music by Africa Unplugged! (Sunday August 20th)
  • Raleigh Ecstatic Dance hosts True Color II Paint Dance this Thursday in Raleigh
  • LAC Contact Improvisation and Somatics Fall Launch Day at Shared Visions Retreat Center. (Saturday, September 2nd) *Keep your eyes out for more on our Fall CI Programming in next letter or go to our website.

Ongoing Gatherings:

  • Last Friday Living Arts Dancewave + Community Drumming @ Hillsborough River Park (Last Friday of the month, August 25th)
  • Living Arts Dancewave @ LAC (Every Sunday)
  • LAC Heart Medicine Song Circle @ LAC (First Sunday of the Month)

Mutual Aid for Maui: Please see direct resources listed below to support Friends in Maui at this difficult time. Thank you!

Read more about each event below…

Mali Dance and Music + Africa Unplugged LIVE!

Join Solo Sana, Africa Unplugged, & Living Arts Collective for a day of music and traditional Malian dance workshops for kids & adults as we raise money for our work in schools in Mali!

Presented in collaboration with Living Arts Collective, Kono Gnaga, Souleymane Sana, and Africa Unplugged

Location: 410 West Geer Street, Durham, North Carolina

$ 25 | $30 door Adults
$ 10 | $15 door Children under 12*

Sponsor a spot for someone in your community to attend!!
DONATIONS (includes 1 Event ticket!):
$50 Fan $100 Family $500 Superstar

Tickets available here.

More info at

Living Arts Dancewave + Drumming @ Hillsborough River Park

Fri Aug 25th 5:00pm – 9:00pm
River Park, 228 S Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA
(park in the parking deck and walk across Churton st) 

Drum | Dance | Paint & Play | Connection in Nature | All Ages | Family Friendly

  • Plant Walk with Root 2 Rise Wellness 5:00-6:00 PM
  • LAC Community Drumming 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Improvisation Play for ALL Ages with Aubrey and friends 7:00-7:30 PM
  • Living Arts Dancewave 7:30-9:00 PM
  • Family ART Area!!
  • Food by Vegan Flava Cafe!!!

What to bring? A drum, a chair, and a friend.

In collaboration with Hillsborough Arts Council and Drumming for Wellness NC!

Tickets available at:

All ages are welcome, especially elders and children. Whatever your experience or comfort level is with dancing, drumming and art, this is your opportunity to move, dance, be in nature, relax and create as you wish within an intergenerational community space.

We have a goal for this event to be free to the public to encourage accessibility for all. Please donate to the artist fund here if you are able. Thank you for your support!

LAC Contact Improvisation and Somatics Fall Launch Day!

Sat Sep 2nd 10:00am – 5:30pm
Old Murphey School, 3717 Murphy School Rd, Durham, NC 27705

We are so excited to launch the Living Arts Collective Fall Season of Contact Improvisation and Somatics programming on Saturday September 2nd!
This Fall, Ray Schwartz will be teaching an improvisation laboratory for intermediate practitioners on Monday nights starting 9/11. Toni Craige will be teaching an open-level Contact Improvisation class on Wednesday nights starting 9/13.

Join us on 9/2 to celebrate a return to dancing after a sleepy summer and to sample classes before committing to a series.

To read a full description of this class, visit the contact improv page on our website here and scroll down and click on the yellow box.

Living Arts Dancewave – Every Sunday @LAC/h2>

The Rhythm of the Song Circle has shifted to once a month on the first Sunday of the month at LAC. Next one is Sept 3rd, 10am arrival – 10:10am start. See more about this event on our website.

Living Arts Dancewaves strives to create an inclusive space for people to move freely and express themselves creatively. Participants may experience the euphoria of music, rhythm, and connection with themselves, others, and their environment.

Over the course of 90 minutes, live and/ or curated music is woven together in a wave format- supporting your arrival and embodiment process by starting slow, building to a peak, and then returning to silence.

  • 11:11am Practice Space
  • 11:33am Opening Circle
  • 1:11pm Closing Harvest Circle followed by Restoration of the Space

Location: 410 West Geer St Durham, NC

Tickets available here: (click on date when registering)

Please Consider sustaining this movement by becoming an LAC Sustainer with a monthly contribution amount of your choice. Your presence and support is treasured, and makes all the difference.

Support Maui


Mutual Aid options to support victims of the Maui fire: The Venmo link is a direct way to support a friend of LAC, who lost their home. 7 Directions of Service is also collecting feminine products, if you are able to donate, please do! Click on images below to bring you to their site. 

Living Arts Dancewave –  Susu Hauser Photography

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