AUMI Workshops, Lawrence, KS Sept. 28-29, 2012
The AUMI workshop in Lawrence, KS, entitled “Improvising Across Abilities: A Workshop and Jam Session Featuring the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument,” took place on Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29, 2012. Friday’s workshop was organized in conjunction with Independence, Inc., a local organization that provides advocacy, peer support, training, transportation, and community education for and by people with disabilities in the Lawrence area. Their beautiful facility in Lawrence provided space to hold a two-hour demonstration of the AUMI and jam session, followed by further individual instruction. Leaf and Jackie led a lively and diverse group of about 30 participants, which included Independence, Inc. consumers and staff, KU students and faculty, educators, and Lawrence community members in improvising with the AUMI and providing percussion accompaniment. See the Lawrence Journal World video coverage of this event.
Saturday’s workshop was held on KU’s campus. Once again, Leaf and Jackie led the demonstration and jam session, with additional time for individual instruction afterwards. The 46 participants on this day included dancers, musicians, computer scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, music therapists from KU’s music therapy program and the surrounding area, and members of AbleHawks, KU’s advocacy group for students with disabilities and allies.
The workshop was made possible by a seed grant from the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas (KU), received by four faculty members at KU—Sherrie Tucker in American Studies, Michelle Heffner Hayes in Dance, Nicole Hodges Persley in Theatre, and Kip Haaheim in Music, and Pauline Oliveros at the Deep Listening Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Co-sponsors included Independence, Inc; Able Hawks and Allies; the KU Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access; the KU American Studies Department; the KU Department of Dance; the KU Department of Theatre; and KU Libraries.