If you are reading this post, you are connected in some way to the Blues community here at Centrum. Perhaps you are a workshop participant. Or a music teacher, or beginning blues musician. Maybe you are a concert attendee, a blues club hound, a blues program volunteer–or maybe you just like reading/watching/listening online to what is going on here.
We would like to make it easier for you to connect with each other–and us–online.
I would like to
personally invite you to join a new social community network that we have set up at for you. It is a community focused on Blues at Centrum, and it is located at http://centrumblues.ning.com.
Centrum is starting to roll out some social networks for each of its major program areas (blues, jazz, residencies, literature, fiddle tunes, and young artists). We're doing this as part of a broader effort to rethink the work we do. We are recognizing and acknowledging that a lot of what we do is centered around creating, and sustaining community. That means that we want and need to provide tools to allow the community to grow and connect.
It's a shift for us, and I'm sure we'll stumble occasionally. But in the end, we hope to serve you all better by doing a better job of listening and learning.
Our intention is to provide a place where folks can network and learn about the people who are coming to or interested in Centrum blues programs. Beyond that, we really have no specific agenda…we want the network, and the community, to grow and evolve organically.
This main site–will continue to be the "official" site for Centrum blues activities, but we'll be participating right along side you on the community site as well.
So please dig in and participate. Upload your photos, videos, songs, recordings, and the like. And please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns. My email is keven (at) centrum (dot) org.