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RIVERDRUMS 2017 'SHOWS' on YouTube:
(click below to play)
1. The Chaneys
2. "I Dream of Anne"
3. Alicia Pyle and Trinell Armour
4. Pineapple Project and Fort Wayne Drum Circle
5. Ken Noland, Patty Hunter and Claire Chapin
6. Frank Louis Allen
7. The Storytellers
8. Thank You Bill White
9. Highlights and Interviews

 

Watch Three Day Earth Day, Day 1.

Watch Three Day Earth Day, Day 2.

Watch Three Day Earth Day, Day 3.

Alicia Pyle, Patty Hunter & Trinell Armour
Alicia Pyle, Patty Hunter
& Trinell Armour

View some of Patty's Poems, inspired by the RiverDrums event.

View 'RiverDrums' brings music, history to Wells Street Bridge (Gazette article)

View RiverDrum Celebration at Wells Street Bridge (Fort Wayne article)

Pics for past event... Riverdrums:

Jain Young and members of the Fort Wayne Drum Circle Megan Mason, All Star Dancers Steppin Out Studio Pineapple Project, teen dancers FW Dance Collective Pineapple Project teen dancers, FW Dance Collective
Jain Young and members of the Fort Wayne Drum Circle Megan Mason, All Star Dancers Steppin Out Studio Pineapple Project, teen dancers FW Dance Collective Pineapple Project teen dancers, FW Dance Collective

Shelley Septer, co founder Backpacks of Hope "Keeping Our Rivers Clean" Abby King, SaveMaumee" Face Painting Brooke Welch - Fox TV anchor
Shelley Septer, co founder Backpacks of Hope "Keeping Our Rivers Clean" Abby King, SaveMaumee" Face Painting Brooke Welch - Fox TV anchor

Alicia Pyle Trinell Armour Ken Noland, Cherokee Flutist from Indianapolis Maleah Heck - Abuse survivor speaker
Alicia Pyle Trinell Armour Ken Noland, Cherokee Flutist from Indianapolis Maleah Heck - Abuse survivor speaker

"Pineapple Project" "Pineapple Project" "Blind Uncle Harry" Teresa and her art work.
"Pineapple Project" "Pineapple Project" "Blind Uncle Harry" Teresa and her art work.

Brook Welch, one of the panelists for the event. Ashley May Abenning "Pineapple Project" "Chrome Cats" brother and sister hip hop artists.
Brook Welch, one of the panelists for the event. Ashley May Abenning "Pineapple Project" "Chrome Cats" brother and sister hip hop artists.

Pics from past events:

"Filthy Rags" performing at "For Destiny" panel Terry Doran, Sen. Dennis Kruse, Steve Vachon, Lisa Smith, Dr. Deborah McMahan, Linda Hartley Sen. Kruse with mic and Steve Vachon Steve Basche offering free karate classes to kids in need
"Filthy Rags"
performing at
"For Destiny"
panel Terry Doran, Sen. Dennis Kruse, Steve Vachon, Lisa Smith, Dr. Deborah McMahan, Linda Hartley Sen. Kruse with mic and Steve Vachon Steve Basche offering free karate classes to kids in need

TRACK is working with Sen. Kruse to get a bill for tougher sentences for abusers in Indiana.

Front page story on our Homeless forum. TRACK aims to help homeless children. Click Here.

Finding housing for the chronic homeless. Click Here.

Click here to read: IPFW event to focus on 'Women Making History'

Steve Basche and Dance Collective Hope Arthur, Styler and Mimi Burns
Steve Basche and
Stephany Alacorn
Dance Collective
dancers
Styler and Mimi Burns

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

The Three Rivers Arts Center for Kids (TRACK for short) mission is to generate awareness of the causes and remedies of abuse in American society by working with other organizations to create programs that combine artistic expression with social commentary.

TRACK Fort Wayne Dance Collective
TRACK Fort Wayne Dance Collective

For more information see: Three Rivers Arts Center for Kids/Facebook

STAGE 1:

-PROJECTS and FUTURE PROJECTS:

Participation in "Combating Child Abuse" an all day event at the Noble County Fairgrounds in Kendallville on June 22, 2013.

EVENTS AT "COMBATING CHILD ABUSE":
1.TRACK made a mural with kids designing and painting under the direction of mural artist PEGGY TASSLER, owner of SOZO Gallery in Kendallville. Lowe's on Lima Rd in Fort Wayne donated the paint and board. THANK YOU!
2.Showing of two TRACK videos featuring an original song, dance, and commentary by MALEAH HECK, PATTY HUNTER, AND THERAPIST LINDA HARTLEY
3. Interviews with participants including Bikers Against Child Abuse, DeKalb County Humane Society, and Randi Shepherd and her daughter Destiny, now 8, who was badly shaken as a baby and suffers brain damage. Randi is working on a law, 'Destiny's Law."

Click here to watch the video of this event at the Noble County Fairgrounds.

TRACK'S event at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne "Breaking Through the Silence of Abuse" drew rave reviews from members of the Kiwanis, students, and others for the heartbreaking yet inspiring talk by keynote speaker Maleah Heck who told in stark terms her story of being sexually abused by her father and uncle and the abuse she suffers still in getting a divorce from the father of her youngest child. Her message is to "own your life," by taking responsibility and refusing to be a victim. She learned the power of forgiveness in letting loose of pain. She received a standing ovation.

Breaking Through the Silence Event
Terry Doran, Maleah Heck, Nelson Peters and the Fort Wayne Ballet

 

Click here to see Maleah's picture in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

The Fort Wayne Ballet set the tone for her talk with a beautiful dance that was "dropped from the heavens" as one audience member said. Kudos to choreographer David Ingram and dancers Caitlin Quinn & Ernesto Lea Place.

Powerful introductory talks by County Commissioner Nelson Peters and Kristina Creager, director of Student Life at IPFW, preceded the Ballet.

Randi Shepherd, also scheduled to speak, canceled due to the illness of her daughter Destiny, but Randi will speak March 18 at our Women's History Month program in place of Lauren Chapin. Destiny, now 8, was badly abused as an infant and Randi has worked for the past six years to create Destiny's Law, now in bill form awaiting a vote in Ohio, where she lives. Maleah will also come back on March 18, which will feature a performance by the Teen Troupe of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, the premier of an original song written by Patty Hunter, "To Be on Track."

We thank Christopher Riley of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for sponsoring the Nov. 13 program and also co-sponsoring March 27, at 7 pm, New International Ballroom in the Student Union Building, IPFW.

STAGE 3:

Stage 3 is to have our own building located on a bus stop along the river in the downtown area. Mayor Tom Henry has pledged to help us with this quest.

One idea is to build our own here on this hidden gem: Long-forgotten Fort Wayne park has a rich history and, just maybe, a bright future - News-Sentinel.com

Following are some articles about TRACK:
Painting for a Cause
Thanks for the Picture
Get on 'TRACK' to Combat Child Abuse
Help Tackle Child Abuse
Nov. 13 event will help build child abuse awareness

"For the Children Dance" with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, winner of Philo T. Farnsworth award for Children's Programming:
TRACK'S 60 second promotional piece of the dance.
Complete show with comments from the dancers and the choreographer.

TRACK logo by Cayman Doran, a student at Maple Creek Middle School in Fort Wayne.