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J.A.M. this summer in Newhall

Posted: June 21, 2012 5:03 p.m.
Updated: June 21, 2012 5:03 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley residents should get ready to J.A.M. this summer as the Ford Theatre Foundation brings its interactive arts sessions to downtown Newhall starting July 5.

The Jazzed and Motivated sessions will feature interactive group music from different cultures, according to information from the Ford Theatres. The sessions will be free and held in conjunction with Newhall's Thursday events that include the Farmer's Market, Art Walk and Senses.

"The importance to the community is that it allows everyone to come together and experience art in a shared fashion," said Steve Lozier, J.A.M. sessions marketing coordinator. "How often do communities really have a chance to come together in a positive way?"

The sessions will run for eight weeks on Thursdays in Newhall on Main Street, Lozier said. Some of the programs include bluegrass, drumming, Brazilian, hip-hop, salsa, Bollywood, swing and Samoan dance.

The Ford Theatre Foundation has been hosting J.A.M. sessions at Ford Theatres for four years but was able to expand to a total of six locations this year thanks to a $150,000 grant from Metabolic Studio, Lozier said.

Other community partners include the city of Santa Clarita and College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center.

J.A.M. sessions will be held starting at 6 p.m. at different locations in downtown Newhall. The first session on July 5 will feature a drum circle led by Chris Ramirez of Freedom Drum Circles, with drums provided for community members interested in participating.
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