Moving Conversations/Making Community

This Spring, the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships chose Moving Conversations/Making Community as a recipient of the 2019 Student Innovation Fund. Organized by Zach Farnsworth ’21 and Julie Mulvihill, visiting assistant professor of dance, this workshop series was created in partnership with Middletown’s Russell Library and the Wesleyan Dance Department.

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Moving Conversations/Making Community is an opportunity to explore ideas and make art as a group. We will talk about skills of communication and investigate how those skills work for us in making our project together and beyond. We will structure movement improvisations, where an individual can make personal movement choices within parameters set by the group. We will reflect on images that are important to us, building them with our bodies and drawing/writing a mural each meeting. We will create sound, listening for rhythms, melodies, and harmonies as we move and invite the musicians among us to play. What else will we do?

We are hoping to gather people who are interested in meeting folks with different strengths and points of view! All ages are welcome, including families with children as long as there is a participating adult. A commitment to the group is important because we each individually compose and contribute to the group. Commitment means respecting each other with sensitivity and optimism. The group will meet four times and share what we have created at the end of the fourth meeting with friends and family. We hope you will commit to all four meetings but are happy to include folks who cannot make all of the meetings as well.

Meetings will be held in the Russell Library Children’s Activity Room (although the program is not just for children) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on March 25th, April 1st, and April 8th. On  April 15th we will gather at the Russell Library Hubbard Room for a culminating meeting at 6:00pm with the sharing event for friends and family at 7pm.  The group will also reflect on how we made what we share. This program is FREE.

Contact Julie Mulvihill at for more information.


Mondays 6:00-7:30pm

March 25

April 1

April 8

April 15* (performance sharing on this day at 7pm)


Russell Library

123 Broad St

Middletown CT 06457


Information and Facilitation

Julie Mulvihill



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