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Finding Your Natural Writer Within

Spring into creativity in this experiential workshop! Celebrating both National Poetry Month and Earth Day, this workshop explores the deep connections between creative writing, music, and nature. Facilitators will guide participants through unique poetry writing exercises inspired by the beauty and mystery of our natural environment.

Playful warm-ups will include “soundscapes” using accessible musical instruments, and hands-on observations of spring. With nature and music as touchstones, participants will find their words flowing in a joyful journey to the natural writer that lives within us all.  

This workshop welcomes participants at all levels of experience, from beginning to seasoned writers, and includes time for both individual expression and creative collaboration.

Participants will:

  • Explore original techniques for writing poetry inspired by nature and music.
  • Find connection and community through a writing workshop experience.
  • Discover new pathways to the natural artist within.

Master Teaching Artist Leslie Johnson Thomasina Levy is highly experienced at quickly creating a safe, supportive group atmosphere.

Come be inspired by the spring season and recharge your own creative spirit! Wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes.

This workshop is sponsored by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut State Office of the Arts, which also received support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested. Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.


Learn to Play the Ukulele for Beginners

Join instructor John Tuohy for a one-day workshop designed for beginner students. This class will focus on the basics of learning to play the instrument—from chords, to finger placement, to learning patterns and more. Students will learn to play a song by the end of the workshop.

A concert ukulele is recommended for this class which can be purchased at Southbury Music. If shopping on Amazon, please go to Smile.Amazon.com and choose Arts Escape, Inc. as your charity of choice.

The fee for the 90-minute class is $45. Class size is limited to 10 students.

About the Instructor: John Tuohy

Guitarist John Tuohy, based out of Fairfield County, is a music instructor and lecturer who focuses on teaching about artists and their work, while playing live musical performances to tell their story. John lectures and hosts demonstrations for diverse audiences on many topics of legends and icons from the first half of the 20th century. He currently is the in-house music lecturer at Riverwalk Assisted Living in the Bronx.

John has performed with many groups across multiple genres. His progressive rock band Mile Marker Zero won “Best Band in Connecticut” at the 2016 New England Music Awards.

John graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Jazz Performance. He has worked as a private guitar instructor for over 20 years and has contributed session work for various artists and companies. He has been featured by Gearwire.com and judged the “King of the Blues” contest at Guitar Center.