Organic Arts Events Calendar
collaboration of professional
performing artists presenting
public service arts for the
information on The Artists of Organic Arts at our main website:
During the current "stay at home" situation,
all events in April and May are cancelled.
We will re-assess the
situation come June.
Organic Arts Community
As seen in the Shepherd Express:
PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release
Sing-Alongs on You Tube for Stay-at-Home Folks
Organic Arts is proud to announce the launch of a
series of sing-along videos for children and parents, wstate history for
teachers, and a series of classic 60's songs for
elders available to all on YouTube by award-winning
folksinger David HB Drake.
Visit YouTube and
search “David HB Drake videos”,
then go to “Playlists” for each
(David HB Drake is the channel with the round
The direct link is:
programs have been split into individual songs so viewers
favorite songs, or to see an entire program in sequence,
“Playlists” and click on "Play All".
"The Illustrated Song" program is a
sing-along concert that has been performed by David in libraries and
schools for many years, enhanced with PowerPoint slides showing pages
from children’s books created from the lyrics of fifteen favorite folk
songs. “This Land is Your Land”, “Puff, The Magic Dragon”, “This Little
Light of Mine” and more have lyrics provided on screen so parents and
kids can sing together and teachers can use the videos as a reading and
music resource for students. David performs on banjo, dulcimer,
concertina, and guitar.
"Wiscon-Sing" is now
available on YouTube in its entirety for use by teachers and parents to
teach Wisconsin history through music. WISCON-SING is a multimedia
program which presents songs that introduce Wisconsin’s vibrant history
to audiences of all ages in a music and visual performance enhanced with
over 100 historic and scenic slides of our state. This video is the
complete DVD shot in 2012 in a live performance. For YouTube, this
program is broken into "Chapters" to be played in sequence (“Play All").
Wiscon-sing was performed over 300 times in every county in Wisconsin in
1998, the most performances of any event for the Sesquicentennial year.
It has been performed over 2000 times in the past 35 years statewide.
Songs on "WISCON-SING" are available on CD and DVD and companion book!
For information and ordering go to:
“Blowing in the Wind” is
a sing-along for over-60-folks who remember the classic folk songs of
the 1960s. David has presented this PowerPoint sing-along program in
senior facilities and libraries for many years to audiences who remember
when “the times were a ‘changing”. Ten songs captured at a live library
performance invite home-viewers to sing (and play) along.
Illustrated Song" and “Blowing in the Wind” video series are a project of
Organic Arts to create opportunities for the community to participate in
music during these restricted times and for future enjoyment.
additions to the YouTube site will include “Wiscon-Sing” and
“Heartland”. “The Singing Santa” is already available for Christmas in
Support for the Organic Arts mission of bringing
educational performing arts
to the community has been provided by
Milwaukee County CAMPAC program and private donations.
To learn more and help continue this service, click the "Donate"
For an index of all
of David HB Drake’s videos, visit:
Simply Folk on
Wisconsin Public Radio
are encouraging all
Simply Folk on Wisconsin Public Radio to check your favorite
Wisconsin folksinger's website and Facebook page
for updates and
whose gigs have been cancelled and support them
with CD purchases or
in any way you can.
These folks have
lived the "gig-economy" for decades
before the term existed and many are
Some places to help financially or get help are:
Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN)
In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, the MARN Board of
announces the MARN COVID-19 RELIEF FUND to assist our
members in this time of need. Artists are encouraged to apply now for
this one-time, unrestricted $250 micro-grant.
Artist Relief Project
Any artist in any
discipline whose income has been impacted by COVID19-related
cancellations and closures may apply for emergency relief and support.
Stipends and support will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve
basis, with the only limitation being how much money we are able to
raise. The only requirements are (1) you demonstrate you’re an artist
by sharing your resume and website, where applicable, and (2) you share
this fundraiser with your own networks and provide a screenshot.
Arts Wisconsin Resource List
COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
Covid 19 Freelance Artist Resources
(if you hear of others, please let us know)
Some artists offering online events on Facebook Live to
replace lost gigs:
(if you hear of others, please let us
Coffee House (Various Artists)
The Small Business Administration has a loan program that helps
businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus
Sole proprietors, independent
contractors, & self-employed persons are eligible and it can be
forgiven if you use most of it for payroll.
See more info on their website:
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Beulah Brinton House Concert Series
Milwaukee Folk Events Calendars
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