|Participants of the Conyers Rockdale Council of the Arts's monthly|
drum circles will use rhythm to create community energy . Photo
by Jessica Smith from www.rockdalenew.com.
As part of its 25th anniversary, the Conyers Rockdale Council of the Arts (CRCA) of Atlanta’s Conyers and Rockdale counties is launching a monthly drum circle. CRCA Director Jackie Sprague created the event to bring people together and infuse community energy among the arts community but also throughout the county. Lead by a facilitator, participants can bring and play bongos, djembes, rain sticks, and any other world percussion instruments during the monthly “First Friday” event. In addition to bringing people together, Sprague hopes the positive energy and sense of community created at the drum circles will seep its way throughout the county to build both a strong arts community and general community.
But drum circles don’t have to be limited to the arts community. Any community or group of people, such as co-workers or school-age students, can benefit from the energy and fellowship created by a drum circle. All you need is an inspired community and any world percussion instruments of your choice, from African djembes to simple shakers!
And, of course, you’ll need someone to facilitate the drum circle. A facilitator gets the ball rolling and helps the group go from a bunch of individuals to an energetic, musical unit made up of various but equally important components. We’re quite experienced at facilitating drum circles through X8 Interactive Drumming and would be happy to facilitate a drum circle for your community.
Have you ever been a part of a community drum circle? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!