Kids’ Workshops



Gumbo Party for the Entire Family!
All Day, Room #254

Come join the “Gumbo Party” with Art it Yourself & Ms. Nikki‘s Traveling Story Bag!
Together they cook up an interactive and creative “art the story” experience.

Nykiiah Wright (Ms. Nikki) of Ms. Nikki‘s Traveling Story Bag is a storyteller and a teacher of students with special needs. Now in her 5th year of using stories to educate, motivate and entertain audiences of all ages, Ms. Nikki performs interactive retold as well as original stories. Her story bag is packed with items that she uses to help the story come alive with the help of the audience. From the moment you enter htrhe storytelling space, the story begins with your involvement, so expect the unexpected and be prepared to have fun!

Rozenia Cunningham of  Art it Yourself engages kids, adults, and those with special needs in stimulating creative art programs ranging from crafts and painting classes, to children summer art enrichment, to painting parties.


Roots Music for Kids
1:00-1:45, Room #257

Join teaching artist and musician Sheela Das to learn about traditional music and instruments, and play along with rhythm instruments provided. Fun for ages K-8 and their parents!  Sheela Das is supported by the Ohio Arts Council Partnership program, Ohio Artist on Tour program, and various festivals for commissioned work including Cleveland Public Theater’s Station Hope and James Levin’s FireFish Festival and World Festival. This work leads to full stage productions where she directs professional musicians or novice performers. Sheela loves working with all ages and offers regular music classes, ukulele or song writing workshops, and summer camps through her company Creative Concepts in Music.


World Dances for Kids
2:00-2:45, Room #257

Children of all ages will have fun doing simple dances from around the world with this experienced and inspiring teacher. Janice Fields Pohl is a music teacher at Campus International School.  She received her undergraduate degree in violin performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and Cleveland State University. She has performed with Johnny Mathias, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, YoYo Ma, Babyface and many other others.  A fan of Lake Erie, Janice spends much of her free time there with her four children.


Songs for Kids
3:00-3:45, Room #257

Brothers Nate and Pete McDonald have been singing children’s songs ever since they can remember. They grew up listening to Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Peter, Paul, and Mary, their parents, aunts, uncles, and many other performers who sing songs with and for children. Nate, Pete and their families will sing (mostly) American folk songs that appeal to children in fun and interesting ways.  Some of the songs like “This Land Is Your Land” will be familiar sing-along-songs to all while others may be new to everyone. The group will sing and play guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, drums, and other instruments and objects. The McDonalds are looking forward to the chance to sing a few songs together and with you at the Lake Erie Folk Festival.



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