Drum festival raises disability in the arts awareness June 2

Drummer Dov Schiller leads a group of children in Lamoille County in VSA Vermont’s Start with the Arts early literacy program designed to engage students with books through the arts.

Drummer Dov Schiller leads a group of children in Lamoille County in VSA Vermont’s Start with the Arts early literacy program designed to engage students with books through the arts.

VSA Vermont will host BOOM VT, a free drum festival to raise awareness about people with disabilities in the arts on Sunday, June 2, from 4 to 6 pm in City Hall Park in Burlington.

An idea that began years ago as a dream of Executive Director of VSA VT Judy Chalmer and Bruce McKenzie of Sambatucada, BOOM VT created an event that people with or without disabilities could enjoy together and bring the magic of the arts to more communities and people. This year Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko and VSA VT intern, Cora Lozinschi, jumped on the bandwagon to collaborate on this year’s event.

The drumming festival will feature music performances by dynamic local drum ensembles including members of Burlington Taiko, Sambatucada, Jeh Kulu, and Gahu at St. Michael’s College, among many others. Drummers with disabilities led by Bruce McKenzie and Bennicent Agbodzie will take center stage at the heart of the festival.

All who attend are welcome to make or bring drumming instruments of their own design and join in, with or without preparation, during a final, unifying crescendo. Instruction prior to BOOM VT will allow members of the public to prepare for the concluding piece. People are invited to help fundraise for VSA Vermont before the event to win prizes. For more information visit www.vsavt.org/boomvt.

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