Is learning languages your passion?
Spend an hour learning the native language of Jamaica, Patwa, through song. This sing-a-long is sure to open our hearts to a world of beautiful song.
About the Instructors: Nicky Hylton-Patterson & Amy Nelson
Nicky Hylton-Patterson is new to the Adirondacks and is the first director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative. Nicky will bring us the sweet sounds of Patwa through a Jamaican Song. Her journey from St. Catherine, Jamaica to Saranac Lake is one marked by lengthy sojourns in Trondheim, Norway, Elmira NY, and Tempe, AZ. A relentless advocate for justice and equity, Nicky has 20+ years of experience as a community organizer, educator, activist scholar and diversity & inclusion subject matter expert and practitioner.
Amy Nelson is a resident of Keene, transplanted here from Madison, Wisconsin where she taught k-12 music in the public schools for 20 years and in a dual language charter school for five of those years. She got her masters degree at Vandercook College of Music and for the last three and a half years has taught k-12 general and choral music at Westport Central School here in the Adirondacks. She also performs regionally as a soloist, collaborating with a variety of artists in the area, from folk to jazz to opera. This offering is borne of a shared passion for the flavors of language and what a multicultural approach can do to connect us all to ourselves and each other.