Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Find your groove by joining our community drum circle, led by People of Earth and Liberation Drum Circles. Learn how drumming brings people together and how it has acted as a catalyst for social change since the 1960s.
When it comes to protest songs, everyone is a singer. Your voice is needed! Join artists Emily Eagen, Elena Moon Park, and Ashley Phillips as they explore songs inspired by diverse social movements—from traditional tunes to original compositions—that span the 1960s to the present. You’ll also have a chance to contribute to new songs about the changes you want to make in the world today.
Michael Mwenso leads his band, the Shakes, in this highly participatory performance of protest songs. Sing and dance along with songs that inspired social change in the 1960s—from the civil rights and anti-war movements in the US to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa—and new, original songs speaking to the struggles of today. Between sets, learn some of the iconic dances of the ’60s and see how they evolved into dances of today in an activity designed by Lisa Greene and Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers.
Work with the artists to build instruments out of recycled materials and join in an interactive performance with Bash the Trash. Take your instruments with you to create musical memories at home.
Join Thrive Collective and create a collaborative mural that reflects your hopes and dreams for the future. Bring your passion and add your voice to this group art project.
Soundtrack for Change
Listen to some of the most influential songwriters of the ’60s and today who use music to inspire change—then use the latest digital and recording techniques to add your voice to our Soundtrack for Change. Artists Gabriel Lugo and Frankie LeRoux will show you how.
Thanks to the New York City Administration for Children's Services and the Department of Homeless Services for supporting families during Family Days.
Family Days are generously supported, in part, by an endowment gift from Linda and Earle S. Altman.