Didgeridoo: Musical Trees Down Under
Johnna Morrow and Steve Sklar presented Didgeridoo: Musical Trees From Down Under, a free program offered for ages 10-adult. Patrons explored the ancient Australian Aboriginal instrument and its role in cultural contexts. Johnna Morrow and Steve Sklar presented songs and animal sounds such as dingoes, crocodiles, wolves, and kookaburras. The Digeridoo is a product of a symbiotic relationship between the earth, trees, termites, and humans. It has a broad range of uses, including artistic, spiritual, storytelling, healing, and fun! They've learned from several top Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo artists, and in 2011 founded the Worldwide Sleep Apnea-Didgeridoo Network, which serves sleep apnea patients, clinics, and care providers by connecting them with local didgeridoo instructors.
The intended outcome of the music/dance program is to allow patrons to enjoy a variety of different styles of music and dance. Patrons will learn about the culture and the history of different countries and cultures as they experience a wide variety of music/dance. A survey was distributed to receive feedback from those attending the programs.
Surveys were distributed to participants at all programs. 86% strongly agreed that this was an enjoyable experience and 75% strongly agreed that they would attend a similar event. Comments: It was delightful how they taught the kids about new animals and new vocabulary. They had good explanations, history, and the story of how they are made. Very informational about all aspects of the instrument and its culture.
7 libraries, 1 school, and 1 senior center provided space, staff, and additional promotion for the programs and approximately 6 regional newspapers provided marketing through press releases, photos and interviews with artists and performers.