Cultural Diversity Drum Circle

                            (CDDC)

New global unifying activities are a great need today more than ever. The human race has chosen to migrate, interact, trade, mingle, travel, work, intermarry and live close to each other. But still, we are unable to complete the puzzle of peaceful co-existence. Coming together for fun and stress-free activities is one of the ways that can help us realize and understand how connected we all are and the need to appreciate one another.

 

Looking at the somehow fragmented cultural diversity in the world, I felt the urge to do something. With the help of Shifting Ideas through Education for African Women, Inc. (SITEAW, INC), I started the Cultural Diversity Drum Circle. I have so much hope that it will be one of the ways we can continue to come together slowly but surely forming nondiscriminatory communities that appreciate one another.

 

For many years I have been setting up drum circles and inviting people to play or go to schools and communities and do presentations and workshops. I have worked with all ages; children and youth in schools, and adults in various communities. Drum circles bring joy to all ages. Everyone longs for a stress-free activity to let off steam. I have seen children, who, when I enter a classroom with drums jump up with joy to appreciate the moment. I have seen adults who come to the drum circle so exhausted or depressed or angry, but the moment they start playing the drum, their moods change and their faces light up. I love to see that in every human being.

 

People all over the world go through different emotions every day due to what goes on around them and what the media presents before them. A drum circle is one of the ways we can help each other to get our minds away from the stressful, low energy or negative energy to a stress-free elevation to refuel with positive energy and continue on our journey of life.

 

What makes the Cultural Diversity Drum Circle different from all the other drum circles is that it focuses on exploring rhythms of all cultures in the world. CDDC embraces all people, irrespective of race, color, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation or status.

Heartfelt appreciation to our current host, Butler Center for Community and Citizenship.

I am very thankful to Larry and Carol Gindhart for putting in every effort to make sure the Cultural Diversity Drum Circle stays in Indianapolis. Hooray to all our facilitators of every week. A vote of thanks too to our volunteers from the Center for Citizenship at Butler University led by Hanako Gavia.

Participating in the weekly drum circle is free, donations are appreciated, they go towards  a sponsoring Akaliba Akendo Troupe, a girls' performing group in Uganda.

Join us to explore and embrace our diversity while helping girls to acquire education to set themselves free.