Nimbus Brings Art and Collaboration to the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival

“Nimbus Arts is dedicated to nurturing curiosity, fostering creative expression, and building a sense of community.”

And they are joining us at the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival this year!

jamiegIt starts with a chance encounter with Jamie Graff, Executive Director of Nimbus Arts, at the Farmstead Cafe in St. Helena. Jamie and Nimbus had been instrumental in launching the ukulele festival 8 years ago. Since then,  both organizations have evolved and grown and converged in their missions. It was time to collaborate again.

butterfly-1I tell Jamie about what’s new with the festival and mentioned our support of the Survivor Girl Ukulele Band, and that’s all it took.  I could see the wheels starting to turn and Jamie, known for her creative energy,  civic passion, and commitment for connecting people, was on a roll! It turns out that Nimbus is in the final phases of their  Hundreds of Hands: Mariposa Program, a free, public art leadership project designed to support an anti-abuse program for at at-risk Latinas in middle school and high school. The connection to our support of the Survivor Girls in India was too compelling for either one of us to ignore. Synergy and Serendipity.

5756836158_de72cac50c_bIn a nutshell, Hundreds of Hands trains student leaders to become experts in the art of mosaic. They attend public events throughout the community to communicate and teach others how to create mosaic butterflies that will eventually be incorporated into a huge mural installation at the Cope Family Center in Napa this Fall. And, now, anyone attending the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival on Saturday, will have an opportunity to participate, supporting both programs simply by creating a beautiful, butterfly mosaic, chatting with the students in charge, all while listening to the music on the stage.

This particular activity at the festival will be free, though any donations received will be split between the Mariposa Program and the Survivor Girls.

Nimbus will also be offering other art activities through-out the day at the Nimbus Art Tent on a cost-for-materials basis. Rumor has it, you’ll also be able to create a mosaic ukulele- or hibiscus-themed trivet at the festival.  Just another fun way to spend a couple of hours at the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival, September 12 & 13, whether you play the ‘ukulele or not.

Admission to the festival is $15/day or $25 for both days if you register in advance, or $20/day at the door. There is an additional fee for ‘ukulele workshops.

On-line Registration closes August 28, so don’t delay, especially if you are interested in attending workshops.  They are filling quickly.

The Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival will be held at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, CA  94574.

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