At the 2012 Indy Convergence Haiti visiting artists translated and performed the Jason Mraz song “life Is Wonderful” in Kreyol.
Lysandra Petersson recorded some of the early morning rehearsals and cut together a montage encapsulating the entire 10 days the team spent at Sa-K-La-K-Wel.
On October 13th our Sister Dojo in North Hollywood will hold a Nunchaku (nunchucks) seminar to raise funds for Sa-K-La-K-Wel. Sensei Donnie Jeffcoat and Sensei Lucas Sullivan will be donating their time for this 2 hour workshop.
Students will first go over some basic Karate movements, what is known as “Empty Hand” or weaponless fighting/ defense techniques. Participants will then move on to basic Nunchaku movements and end in a short “form” they can take home with them. The $35 price includes a weapon that each student keeps, making this workshop a great way to familiarize yourself with the Nunchaku and leave with the tools to practice on your own later.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to help Sa-K-La-K-Wel and have a great time trying something new in the process! The workshop is open to all levels and all ages. We hope to see you there!
Birds eye view of the first annual Indy Convergence Haiti
From the moment Robert and Desiree decided to move forward, activities at Sa-K-La-K-Wel were intended to be a collaboration between two companies. Sa-K-La-K-Wel would function as an autonomous arts school and community center and Indy Convergence would provide artists for workshops and instruction throughout the year. Indy Convergence had been operating out of Indianapolis and Los Angeles for the past five years, and is a pop-up arts residency that brings professional artists together from around the country to collaborate, learn, share and teach.
The first test of this new partnership would be to officially open the doors of Sa-K-La-K-Wel by holding the first annual Indy Convergence Haiti in collaboration with local artists and Sa-K-La-K-Wel students. Over a 10 day period artists would create new work, teach workshops and build to a culminating presentation for and with the entire community.
We are proud to say that our collaboration was a great success and a starting point for even greater things come. Over 150 people showed up to see the show and enrollment at Sa-K-La-K-Wel has doubled. It must be said that the Karate and Dance students really found a chance to shine and we were proud to have had the chance to work with such talented artists.
Indy Convergence Alum are now eligible to stay at Sa-K-La-K-Wel throughout the year in exchange for teaching workshops and fostering programs in their area of expertise. So cheers to a beautiful beginning!