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Winter Gathering 2019: Youth Creative Convergence


The Youth Creative Convergence (YCC) is a space where children and teens gather, with each other and with elders, at the intersection of creative arts and positive social change. The YCC is an independent component of gatherings of the People's Music Network. It is based on the idea that movements for social change need to be inter-generational, and the inherent curiosity and and creativity of youth must be supported.


The YCC includes a series of workshops and "playshops" designed by teaching artists to creatively engage the question of, "how can we make the world a better place?" We kick off the weekend with the adults at a lively concert on Friday night that is open to the public. Then Saturday we gather for breakfast and head to a variety of activities throughout the day, including opportunities for participants to give short performances, if they want. Sunday includes a Children's Concert with special guests.

Registration and Scholarships

Youth registration for the gathering is substantially discounted from adult registration, but other than that it happens in the same way. Any person under 25 who would like to apply is eligible for the Matt Jones Scholarship Fund.

Registration rates and policies are listed here

Any questions can be directed to Jayme or Tony at youthcreativeconvergence@gmail.com

Or, if it is time sensitive, please do not hesitate to call 413-320-6870

Workshop Descriptions

Coming soon!

Call for Youth Workshop Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline: December 21, 2019

We are looking for workshop offerings for the 2019 Youth Creative Convergence (YCC) at the PMN Winter Gathering! Contact Jay Winell to submit proposals (youthcreativeconvergence@gmail.com). Please include:

  • A description of the workshop/playshop
  • What ages you would prefer to work with (all ages is fun too!)
  • A short bio
  • Any A/V needs
  • If you will need a volunteer helper

The YCC is a mini-conference within the PMN Gathering, specifically geared toward kids, teens, and friendly grown-ups. It is a chance to connect around creative projects that promote social and environmental justice.

The program will include childcare offerings and “playshops,” plus a series of workshops specifically designed to inspire and equip teens to address a range of problems creatively!

We encourage ALL TYPES of PMN related workshops! The YCC will coincide with the scheduling for the rest of the gathering, using 30 and 60 minute time allotments for activities.

Examples of Workshops we hope people will propose include: singing, telling stories, sitting & listening, playing instruments, making messes, moving around, playing games, writing songs, playing theater games, and making skits.

Goals from the Youth Creative Convergence Organizers:

  • Interact and Generate: Participants are invited to create, co-create and improvise with each other.
  • Pass the Torch & People’s History: We share parts of the many histories of artful resistance that inspire us. We engage with the social justice questions of today and consider creative responses. Ideas from youth are celebrated and youth leadership is taken seriously.
  • Lead by Example & Share from Your Heart: Workshop leaders, organizers and performers show generosity and integrity through their offerings.

YCC Co-Organizers

Jay Winell:


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