The Choral Tales Project was created to celebrate the diversity and oneness of humankind, and to promote empathy and understanding by presenting inspiring folk tales from around the world through original music and dance. Each story is now available as a short video for use in schools and discussion groups. The Choral Tales Project was recently awarded with a Citation for Excellence from The American Prize.
The project's 8-minute video, "Lord of the Cranes" is based on a tale from China, and is available for FREE online viewing. Additional videos from Scotland, Tanzania and other countries are available on their website: www.choraltales.org.
This video considers the importance of growing our own inner light - our virtues - and shedding that light into the world. The video includes over 255 singers and musicians from 44 countries.Produced by our friends from the Virtues Project and Virtues Matter, you can view it here:
Red Grammer is one of the premier entertainers of children and families in the world today. A Grammy Nominee, Red has been featured on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, the Today Show and NPR. He is described by Parent’s Magazine as “the best voice in children’s music.” His Teaching Peace album received the Parents' Choice Classic Award and was named by the All Music Guide as “one of the top five children’s recordings of all time.”
With an irresistible message of love and hope, Red’s playful and uplifting songs speak to children about oneness and diversity, caring and community, conflict resolution, truthfulness, excellence, determination, courage, patience, and other themes that kids eagerly embrace and instantly understand.
Red’s CDs, songbooks and teacher’s guides are available online. He can also be booked for live concerts, keynote presentations and day-long school residency programs.
Splinter Dance Company is composed of a diverse group of professional dancers from Seattle who use dance and movement-theater to educate communities about critical social issues such as racism, sexism, violence, poverty, and the importance of unity in diversity.
Using the popular Diversity Dance Workshop repertoire, in addition to new and original works, Splinter performs for schools and community events with the goal of creating an open dialog with the audience, empowering them to turn attitudes of apathy into enthusiasm, ignorance into understanding, and to inspire positive social change.
Splinter's repertoire ranges from hip‐hop and break dance, to lyrical, salsa, contemporary, jazz, and Bollywood. School Performances range from 30–90 minutes and can be structured to fit your specific
needs and social climate. Contact/Booking: email@example.com.
School Tools provides free resources on conflict resolution for students and teachers. The website includes lesson plans, interactive videos, articles, checklists, and other materials on mediation, consultation, and peaceful resolution of conflict. The School Tools resource library contains additional materials on school climate, discipline, bullying, prejudice reduction, restorative practices and peer mediation.
School Tools is a project of the Western Justice Center, which was established in 1985 to promote peaceful resolution of conflict among children, in the courts and in the community, with an emphasis on creating safe and inclusive schools. We are grateful to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson for bringing this excellent resource to our attention.
Since Time Immemorial is a web-based tribal sovereignty curriculum for grades 4−12, that provides
a basic understanding of Pacific Northwest Indian history, culture, government, and current issues. The website offers a wide variety of resources, including documents, images, maps, web links, videos, short lessons, and entire units that can easily be integrated into courses on WA State History, U.S. History,
and Contemporary World Problems.
The curriculum is aligned with national education standards and has been endorsed by all 20 WA State tribes. Available free online at www.k12.wa.us/IndianEd/TribalSovereignty/default.aspx.
Note: WA State law (RCW 28A.320.170) requires school boards, when reviewing or adopting social studies curricula, to incorporate the experiences and perspectives of the nearest federally-recognized Indian tribes, so that students learn about the unique heritage and experience of their closest neighbors.
This inspirational video uses beautiful images and simple lyrics to help us understand that "the sun shines on all, great and small" and that we should "wage peace not war, that's what we're fighting for" because "the earth we share is one."
The video was produced by our friend, Bill Fagan.
You can view it here:
The Virtues Project was created to help people acquire and cultivate virtues—qualities such as compassion, gratitude, strength, hope, resilience and justice. The Virtues Matter website provides a range of tools and services for individuals and teams, including in-person and online workshops, connection circles and more.
They also offer a free, easy-to-use virtues card app which, like a book of daily readings, helps promote the development of good character. Useful for individuals, families, schools and other organizations.
After an especially challenging school year, students at Clarksville Elementary School pulled together to sing a timeless song with an enduring message: when we care for each other, nothing can stop us.
Vocals, Mary Rebmann
Breaking it Down, Towards E Pluribus UNUM is a race dialogue board game for college-age and above. It was developed by our friends at the National Center for Race Amity (NCRA) for college-age and above. The game helps to create a safe environment for talking about race in a non-toxic manner, with a focus on learning, friendship and mutual support.
NCRA also offers other materials to promote cross-racial and cross-cultural understanding, including
"An American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition," a video documentary which will air on
PBS stations across the country beginning in Nov. 2018.
Kevin Locke is known worldwide as a visionary Lakota Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, educator and global citizen.
He is available for school assemblies, university outreach programs, flute/hoop workshops and solo concerts.
Kevin has performed and lectured in over 80 countries. He was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts, which recognized him as a “Master Traditional Artist who has contributed to the shaping of our artistic traditions and to preserving the cultural diversity of the United States.”
Kevin’s goal is “to raise awareness of the Oneness we share as human beings.” His belief in the Unity of humankind is expressed dramatically in the traditional Hoop Dance “which illustrates the roles and responsibilities that all human beings have within the hoops (or circles) of life.”
Also known as the Hawaiian Unity Song. Children will love singing along with this 3-minute animated video, as they learn that we are all drops of one ocean, leaves of one tree, and flowers of one garden. The video was produced by our friend, Houcein Oualil (Walil), graphic designer from Rabbat, Morroco.
Come and join us…
In our quest for unity,
It’s a way of life for you and me!