On Monday, November 15, sixteen community members from age six to more than sixty met at the Cook Library in Tamworth to play around with hip-hop, poetry and theater with Aaron Jafferis. Participants warmed up with Shay Shay Coolay (Che Che Koolay, Kye Kye Kule), a combination of words and movement based on a traditional Ghansian children's game song. Over the course of the evening participants practiced hip-hop rhyming, both in gibberish and with "real" words, created characters based on different pieces of music, and then partnered up to write hip-hop scenes using the characters they'd created. The evening finished with a sharing of scenes. Fun and exciting to watch kids and grownups getting to create together; we would like opportunities for such intergenerational creative work and play to become more commonplace.
Aaron’s residency is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, and is made possible with support of business sponsor Hidden Automotive, The Tamworth Foundation, the K. A. Brett School, and the Tamworth PTA.