WORKSHOP FACILITATION & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Christine Elise Gallagher, MA, MT-BC, LPC (Harpist/ Guitarist Vocalist) and Kuf Knotz (MC/Poet/Songwriter)
are currently collaborating to create positive, soulful, forward-thinking music driven by a strong message. They offer motivational creative arts workshops and classes for varying ages, using the power of music, clinical training, and performance experience to foster personal growth. Workshops and classes are currently offered in various community settings which include schools, community centers, treatment programs, wellness centers andyoga/meditation centers. Working in a strength based model, the workshops and classes are designed to support each devotee in building skills to strengthen confidence, increase motivation and drive to foster social emotional growth. If you are interested in hosting a workshop/class at your facility please contact to further discuss a collaboration.
Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise are excited to be collaborating with the creative arts department of Founders Memorial School in Essex, VT for a seven day artist residency.
FMS is a grade 3 to 5 school in the Essex Westford School District. Founders has a group of dedicated teachers, working hard to make school a positive learning environment. Their mission is to inspire a culture of learning and growing together; administrators, students, teachers and support staff, parents, and extended community members. Joining with the department of the arts, Kuf and Christine will work with students in their classrooms, over the course of one week, to curate an end of the residency performance. The object of this project is to use creative arts modalities, such as music, to foster self-expression, build confidence, support social- emotional growth, and strengthen group cohesion.
The Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland is an immersive art experience that honors the story of resilience, persistence, and creative problem-solving that defined the lives of the enslaved individuals that lived in St. Mary’s City between 1750 and 1815. The meaning of From Absence to Presence: History tells the story of slavery from the landowner’s view; this Commemorative confronts slavery from the perspective of the enslaved. The artists of this immersive art experience (Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee of RE:site) explain that “..the tectonic form of a slave quarter materializes from the ground up evoking how this history was uncovered from archaeological research — making the invisible visible.” They add, “..the illuminated sculptural quarter appears as a beacon that becomes an eternal vigil to the memory and resilience of the enslaved people who once lived, loved, worked and resisted on the grounds of St. Mary’s College.
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THE FREE PROJECT
Every human on this earth has walked a different path in leading to varying perspectives.The Free Project is a search to collect people’s perspectives on “Freedom” finding solidarity in similarities and differences. This project was created to make a space for the community to express themselves, witness each other, learn from each other, bring awareness, encourage reflection and collectively share experiences and stories without judgment during this period of isolation due to COVID-19. Kuf and Christine asked the community to submit a two to four minute video, speaking on what freedom means to them. A few submissions are selected to be featured in an audio visual composition release. All other submissions are posted on the site for the community to view. This project has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
BEAT HAVEN / THE BAIL PROJECT
Beat Haven Benefit Live Stream: The Bail Project
Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise collaborated with Beat Haven to host a benefit concert for The Bail Project. Beat Haven is an electronic concert series based in southern New Jersey, which focuses on innovative electronic music and its positive impact on self health and individuality. Kuf and Christine performed an instrumental set, including beats and harp. The proceeds benefited The Bail Project. The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that provides free bail assistance and pretrial support to thousands of low-income people every year. They are on a mission to combat mass incarceration and transform pretrial justice in America.
BELMAR, NEW JERSEY
JAM IN THE VAN /EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE
Jam in the Van Benefit Live Stream : Equal Justice Initiative In the wake of Covid-19 and event cancellations across the globe, Jam in the Van asked bands to Jam in their own vehicles in support of a charitable cause. The Beat Bus was launched by The Asbury Park Music Foundation to provide a state-of-the-art Mobile Recording Studio with the mission to bring music education to youth across New Jersey to school in which creative arts expression is limited. Kuf and Christine performed a set in the Beat Bus to support the Equal Justice Initiative. EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
WORLD CONGRESS OF MUSIC THERAPY
Christine and Kuf were invited to present in this year’s international music therapy conference. Held every four years, this conference was hosted by South Africa. The title of their presentation was Ripple Effect Across Borders: The Use of Live Performance to Foster Personal Growth and Empower Communities. Kuf and Christine discussed their community outreach performing projects theoretical foundation, shared experiences of the development process, provided implications for clinical practice including clinical interventions and resources, and presented a framework for collaborating with community musicians.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
MLK POETRY SLAM
The 2020 MLK Youth Speak-Out Poetry Slam! was a beautiful event presented by YWCA Greater Charleston: Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women, Free Verse with a mission to uplift the community by providing eclectic poetry events and workshops, and the Charleston County Public Library. This event, hosted by Charleston’s poet laureate, Marcus Amaker, provided an opportunity for aspiring poets of high school and college age to perform their poetry for a supportive audience and friendly judges. Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise had the honor of opening the event with a acoustic performance.
SING ME A STORY
Sing Me a Story Foundation gives children in hospitals, children's homes and hospice organizations the opportunity to write/illustrate stories about anything they want. They distribute those stories to songwriters who turn them into songs and send them back to the kids. Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise were asked to be SMAS Songwriters when on tour in Portland, OR. The duo chose the story, Once, by Andrea (age 9) partnered with the Martha O’Bryan Center.
BRAVO YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Bravo transforms the lives of underserved youth through intensive orchestral music instruction emphasizing collaboration, promoting self-confidence, and creating a community where children thrive. Inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela, BRAVO has established a network of youth orchestras for social change, serving Oregon communities with a high concentration of poverty. Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise are invited as guest artists to BRAVO at Sitton Elementary, which they will be visiting with string students, ages 7-11, who are in their first to third year of music instruction.
THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
Collaborating with The Montessori School of Dresher, PA, Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise will spend a week working with art teacher, Jacqueline Cooper, and her elementary school students to integrate music and arts through performance, artistic expression, and experiential learning. The Montessori School (TMS) educates children using the authentic Montessori approach—a multi-sensory curriculum that allows for individualized teaching and for students to learn and be challenged at their own pace as they develop academically. As a community that fosters self-confidence, leadership, and respect for self and others, TMS encourages students to grow as self-motivated, intellectually engaged learners who will serve their larger communities as both accomplished students and ambassadors of peace.
REFRESH THE COLLECTIVE
The Bop Stop is excited to welcome the 4th semi-annual Hip Hop at the Bop a night filled with an energetic and eclectic line up of artists who share a love for the heart of the city. Proceeds benefit the Refresh Collective, a non-profit arts and youth development organization that exists to REFRESH the HEART of the CITY one song, one shirt and one story at a time. Their in-school music programs help students write, record and perform their own hip-hop style songs in order to raise youth voice on issues of health and positive school culture. This fundraiser will highlight the “Stories of Struggle and Success”, a multi-generational, multi-skill level hip-hop project of shared humanity directed by Dee Jay Doc. The goal is to connect people through honest storytelling and shared lessons learned, with hope to refresh others through our stories even as we continue to heal from life’s struggles and grow in our successes.
PLAYING FOR CHANGE
Playing for Change Festival is a three-day event which will be rising awareness of the initiatives of the Playing for Change Foundation during the global Playing for Change Day celebration.PFC supports music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community and then purposefully connect those communities around the world. PFC DAY was created in 2011 to unite the global community through the power of music. This September 21, communities will gather as musicians and music lovers from all over the world to perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, and cafes all with the goal of bringing music into the lives of young people.
BURNT HILLS, NEW YORK
THE CHARLTON SCHOOL
As part of the Caffe Lena On The Road program, Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise visited the Charlton School for an afternoon performance and discussion session. The Charlton School is a residential treatment school for girls located in Burnt Hills, NY. The students are resilient young women who are smart and capable but overwhelmed by the social and emotional pressures of school, family, and peer connectedness. Many have struggled with the development and maintenance of effective emotional regulation skills. They have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, self-image issues, and eating disorders. Many come to Charlton with previous hospitalizations, therapeutic schools, or therapeutic placements
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK
THE WALDORF SCHOOL
The Caffe Lena On The Road program is designed to offer free educational and interactive performances by world-class artists in the Saratoga Springs community and beyond through mini-residencies built around the date of the artists’ headline show at the Caffe. Artists are typically available for 2-3 community visits during each day of their residency, depending on travel and performance time, and scheduling is done on a first-come, first-serve basis, although attention is paid to being able to bring the program to as many unique locations as possible. All the artists that participate in the program are eager to connect with people in the community through these intimate performances, and can cater to whatever format makes sense for you, whether that’s a standard performance, a workshop, or even a jam session.
DENALI FAMILY SERVICES
In Alaska, 1 in 10 children are identified as potential victims of abuse and neglect. Denali Family Services’ mission is to support these children and their families through individualized, community-based mental health services. Denali Family Services serves children who require intensive behavioral health care services and their families. Denali Family Services offers individual, family and group psychotherapy services in combination with intensive care coordination and rehabilitative services. Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise collaborated with their staff to facilitate a workshop using performance and creative arts interventions to foster social and emotional growth.
PLAY ON PHILLY! AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Play On, Philly! teamed up with Philadelphia classical hiphop duo, Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise for a 10 week after-school program artist residency. Play On, Philly! is an organization that provides underserved children in Philadelphia with a musical education experience that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. The group has made it their mission to inspire K-12 students and help develop their personal skills through the learning of orchestral instruments, all from their instructional sites at three different schools throughout the city. The duo worked with the students on composing string and brass arrangements for their original pieces, concluding with a
“End of Residency” concert Friday, May 24th the One Art Community Center.
DELPHI AFTER SCHOOL ART CLUB
Collaborating with the The Delphi After School Art Club at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise worked with the students, for several weeks, on a songwriting project as part of an artists residency.The Delphi After School Art Club is a comprehensive after school arts education program held over a twenty week period at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students in the program learn about a variety of artists and art techniques, tour the Museum's galleries, and create their own works of art. In additional to weekly art classes and gallery tours, the program includes a student exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an annual live cultural performance,
and a community service public art project.
THE JEWISH ASSOCIATION OF AGING
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Jewish Association on Aging is a residential senior care center that honors and enhances the lives of older adults through a full-service network of senior lifestyles and services consistent with Jewish values and traditions. Spending an afternoon with the residence, Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise performed a mixture of uplifting originals such as “Be the Light” and classics such as, “Rock'n Robin” and “Sentimental Journey”. The community shined with vibrance as the duo invited them to engage in an interactive performance experience.
ALASKA SEEDS OF CHANGE
Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise brought the "Higher Grounds Tour" through five different Alaskan towns/villages [Fairbanks, Talkeetna, Palmer, Seward, & Holmer]. The 10-day tour was specifically created during the darkest and coldest week of the year, winter solstice. During this times, rates of suicide and addiction have a history of significantly increasing. Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise facilitated a workshop at Alaska Seeds of Change, which is a vertical hydroponics greenhouse located in the midtown area of Anchorage, AK. Their greenhouse provides a supported employment, comprehensive educational and vocational services, and community-based behavioral health services to up to 20 transition-age (16-24 years old) young adults.
BUILD A BRIDGE FOUNDATION
BuildaBridge International’s Fall fundraiser is an evening experience dedicated to the transformative power of art-making, celebrating the past and present of the organization and plan for the future. The staff will talk about their work with refugees, survivors of domestic abuse and youth from around the world while having the opportunity to participate in the hope-infused BuildaBridge Classroom Model. Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise will perform motivation, forward thinking, classical hiphop.
THE MONTHLY FUND
The Monthly Fund is a roaming event series with the goal of raising funds and awareness for organizations doing vital work. The September installment of The Monthly Fund is supporting Juntos. Juntos is a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philadelphia fighting for our human rights as workers, parents, youth, and immigrants. They believe that every human being has the right to a quality education and the freedom to live with dignity regardless of immigration status.
AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
Presented by WXPN and Turtle Studios, the 2018 6th Annual Winter Doldrums, held on February 11th at the Ardmore Music Hall, was a concert benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This organization leads the fight against suicide by funding research, creating educational programs, advocating for public policy, and supporting those affected by suicide.
GRANTS / SPONSORSHIPS.
The duo collaborates with yoga teachers nationwide to facilitate a peaceful and meditative experience, combining harp, spoken word,
& sound healing with restorative and yin postures.
PREVIOUS YOGA WORKSHOPS
Bending Bodhi - Dover, NH
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Yoga Intentions - Boulder, CO
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Colorado Athletic Club - Denver, CO
Richmond Farmers Market - Richmond, VT
Cambridge Community Center - Jeffersonville, VT
Camp Meade - Middlesex, VT
Mission Yoga - Charleston, SC
Birth Love Festival-Railroad Apothecary - Burlington, VT
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