Recent Events & Articles (Our blog)


  • Wrapping up a year of impact in South and North Florida

    WOW – what an impact-filled year!  Thanks to the more than 60 organizations who booked Just Add Rhythm in 2017, we were able to empower more than 4,000 people of all ages through rhythm! 

    Drumming with recovery populations

    This year we had the opportunity to provide therapeutic drumming programs to a recovery center in South Florida at their Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale sites.  Clients participated in weekly drumming sessions that focused on stress reduction, building and strengthening healthy relationships, and effective communication.  Some of their feedback included:

    • It “helped me get out of my comfort zone”
    • It “brings me happiness and peace”
    • It’s “great for my recovery”

    Drumming in after-school programs

    From South to North Florida, we drummed it up in the after-school programs.  Communities in Schools of Jacksonville is currently enjoying monthly and twice-monthly drumming programs at four of their elementary school sites.  One site coordinator remarked, “it’s another way [for students] to release energy and it teaches them to work together as a group.”  So, rhythm has a significant impact on teamwork!

    We also had the pleasure of providing weekly programs to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida‘s Butler Middle School after-school program.  Students learned about teamwork, collaboration, and communication with the evidence-based DRUMBEAT curriculum.

    Meanwhile in South Florida, we drummed with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward, the Broward Children’s Center, Smith Community Mental Health Center, After-School Programs of Broward, and more.

    Both students and staff enjoy the hands-on aspect of playing the drums and creating their own rhythms!

    Drumming for community impact

    Many organizations strengthened their communities by adding rhythm to their events, including:

    I’m confident we can help your company or organization strengthen its connections to one another through rhythm.  Please reach out to us and find out how!

  • Team-building and personal growth at Rethreaded

    “I’d like to get my own drum and do it, because it really, really…I don’t know what it did, but it did something in me, and I never expected that.” – Rethreaded participant on personal growth experience

    New beginnings.  Exciting career paths.  Gorgeous, quality, and fair trade merchandise.  I’m describing, of course, Rethreaded, where we recently led a team-building and personal growth workshop.

    About Rethreaded

    If you’re not familiar with Rethreaded in Jacksonville, you should be.  Their mission is “to unravel the effects of the sex trade by fighting business with business on a global and local level.”  They provide “safe, viable, and dignity-giving work to survivors of the sex trade allowing them to be who they were created to be.”

    What we did

    Our workshop of about 20 women focused not only on building and reinforcing unity (of which they already had much), but also encouraging personal growth.  Some participants remarked that they felt gently nudged to step out of their comfort zones, with the knowledge that their team was there to support them.

    Participants took turns standing in the middle of the drum circle, leading and listening.  They made up their own rhythms.  Then they partnered up to discuss their key takeaways.

    Most importantly, they never stopped supporting each other.

    Check out some additional photos below taken by talented photographer Mary Atwood!

    “It wasn’t just me personally that made the sounds, it took a group.  It took all of us to make this beautiful sound.” – Rethreaded participant on team-building experience

    To learn about our corporate social responsibility opportunities, contact us.

     

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  • Community celebration: 5 years + helping others

    On September 22nd, 2017, we celebrated 5 years of rhythm with lots of food, fun, and drumming!  Hurricane Irma had blown through just two weeks earlier, so we used the opportunity to do some good.  Donations were collected for the Salvation Army of Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville Humane Society for the people and animals who were severely affected.

    We also signed thank-you cards for first responders, including:

    • firefighters
    • EMT’s
    • doctors, nurses, and medical staff
    • sheriff’s offices and police departments
    • electric companies
    • waste removal and sanitation department

    Everyone then participated in a drum circle.  We focused on reducing stress, connecting with each other, and expressing gratitude.

    View our photo gallery below, and then check out some video highlights of the fun!

    Thank you to our sponsors, including Denny Ross Consulting Corp., Balance + Transform:  A Different Kind of Wellness Center, Juvons Maison Gaja, and Kroma Printing & Design!  We couldn’t have done it without you!

    Thanks also to HOBNOB, who did a fabulous job hosting and catering, and to Custom Ink for helping us create some amazing t-shirts for our attendees.

    Do you want in?

    If this sounds like something you’d love to try, contact us for more info, or sign up for our newsletter for updates on our upcoming events!

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