Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Nov 14: Support "Biracial & Rural" on Give to the Max Day!

Thursday, November 14, 2019 is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota! 

It's the Great MN Give Together! 

I have a personal storytelling project that I've been wanting to share for a few years now. It's called Biracial & Rural. And it's time to bring it to the fore. 

More details about what it is and why I feel so compelled to do it are at

We hope you are excited to support Biracial & Rural on Give to the Max Day.  

Please give generously on Nov 14! 

You can contribute to the project at the GiveMN.org link or the giving widget on the right side of this page.  

Points Of Light Music (PLM) is a fiscally sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts. What that means is that Springboard for the Arts has a legal contract with PLM to allow us to use their non-profit status to do fundraising.  When you make a contribution to Biracial and Rural, technically you're donating to Springboard for the Arts and then they regrant the funds to us (after taking a 5-7% administration fee*).  

On Give to the Max Day, Springboard is waiving their 5% administration fee on GiveMN.org transactions to encourage giving.  Translation:  Thu, Nov 14, 2019** is the best day to contribute to Biracial and Rural.

Isn't that awesome?!?  If you'd like to support Springboard and their mission for supporting artists (and communities) with resources to make a living and a life, go to https://givemn.org/organization/Springboard-For-The-Arts

Thank you for supporting Biracial & Rural on Nov. 14!
* Why the 5-7% fee?  Springboard takes 5% for GiveMN.org transactions and 7% for all other contributions via cash or check***.  GiveMN.org charges 6.9% per transaction and so Springboard lowers their admin fee to 5% for GiveMN.org donations to help artists retain more of your contribution.  On Give to the Max Day (11/14/19), Springboard is waiving their admin fee all together, so this is the best day to give!

** Unfortunately, this does not apply to donations placed in the preceding days where GiveMN.org allows folks to schedule their giving.

*** If you'd like to contribute by check, make it out to "Springboard for the Arts" with "Points of Light Music" in the memo line, then mail it to "Points of Light Music, P.O. Box 11791, St. Paul, MN 55111."

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Save the Date: Apr 24-26, 2020: Elemental Joy - a DUP retreat

The next Dances of Universal Peace retreat in Iowa has been announced.  Save the Date! 

Theme:  Elemental Joy!
Guest Leaders: Morgan Rivers, Jen Friedman, Saleem Adam Wolter, and Conie Borchardt with a host of Midwest Dance Leaders and Musicians

When:  Friday, April 24-Sunday 26, 2020
Where:  Newton Christian Conference Center, 5064 Lincoln St., Newton, IA
More details:  For Dancers.  For Dance Leaders and Musicians.  

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Oct 10-12: MMC & DUP in Chicago

Music that Makes Community is returning to Chicago for a multi-day event!  Check your calendars and make plans to attend!  Invite others!  (And Yes, I'm honored to be invited back to be one of the co-presenters) 

When:  Thu, Oct 10, 2p - Sat, Oct 12, 4p
Where:  Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th  St., Chicago, IL 60615
More info, Registration:  MMC website

Dances of Universal Peace will be offered as part of workshop programming as a similar and adjacent practice on Friday evening.  Please join us!

When:  Fri, Oct 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
More info:  Facebook event

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Song/Dance: I Planted Seeds: Where & How

Have you sung and danced "I Planted Seeds" recently?  Has it taken root in your ears and heart and started to grow?  

Are you wanting to share it with other people in other places and would like to make sure you're getting it right by the creator?  

Will you be reprinting the words and wish to appropriately credit the source?  

We're glad this song and dance has meaning for you as it does for us!  

Here's the information you are looking for to double check your understanding of the song and dance, the appropriate way to cite it, and some bonus words from its originator about how to share it with others.