Ages 0-6

Homies In Harmony with Auntie Jayanthi

For children ages 0 – 6 and their caregivers.

Homies In Harmony intergenerational classes are designed to grow our natural desire to stand up and love each other across any real and perceived barriers and to tap into the musician inside of all of us.  Auntie Jayanthi will aid families in fostering socially conscious singers by drawing on artists such as Ella Jenkins and Bob Marley.  American folk songs, especially those from African American culture, will be shared during the classes and used to introduce and explore musical concepts.  Families will sing about our peaceful instincts, self-esteem, empathy, history, responsibility, and honesty.  Classes will end with time for exploring various musical instruments. 

*Families register for 8 week sessions, which includes one 45 min class per week*

When:

Fridays 10:00 am – 10:45 am or 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Sept. 30 – Nov. 18 (8 weeks)

Saturdays 10:00 am – 10:45 am or 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Oct. 1 – Nov. 19 (8 weeks)

Where:

In-person @ Walker|West 760 Selby Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55104

For more information email us at info@walkerwest.org.

Cost:

1-2 children / 1-2 adults  – $160
3-4 children / 2 adults – $240

*tuition assistance available, apply here.

Teaching Artist: Jayanthi Rajasa AKA “Auntie Jayanthi”

Auntie Jayanthi Rajasa is an archivist songstress collecting songs that speak to her struggle and empowerment and ability to be, change, and move forward while honoring the unremembered changers and movers of yore. She sings for people passing worlds (new or old or hardly used—meaning births and children, hospice and funerals, free and incarcerated, loved or lost) and has been in more than 10 bands in The Twin Cities. She loves being a teaching artist to every age and holding song or poetry circles.  For decades Jayanthi has been leading songs and sharing space with children circles, elder circles, mother circles, and inter-generational space. Mother to a 13,14, 9, and a 3 year old, she relies on communicating with her children musically and through drawings often, and has seen it reach areas of their heart and psyche for healing, mindfulness, and deep connection in a way that mere words could not.  Auntie Jayanthi works with the Million Artist Movement to dismantle racism and injustice towards people of color and dream collectively to produce actions for change and Black Liberation.  She also works with Mama Mosaic on Minnesota Girls Are Not For Sale seeking freedom for women and girl sex slaves in Minnesota.

Safety Guidelines:

Face masks are optional while community levels are low.  Families will be notified if community levels are high and face masks are required. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please follow CDC guidelines: Isolation and Precautions for People with Covid 19

Please complete a daily personal health screening before arrival.

If a class participant has any of the following COVID-19 symptoms listed below, even if they have completed their primary vaccination series, received a booster shot, or previously had COVID-19, please do not attend class. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: new onset cough or shortness of breath, fever (100.4ºF or higher) or feeling feverish, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, loss of sense of smell or taste, and gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting or nausea.