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Kid's Corner Activities at last year's 2011 Summit

 For the schedule of activities and information about a free soccer clinic for kids, please go the the Documents page.
Sat. April 2nd & Sun. April 3rd ---- 10am - 5pm
Dobbs University Center (DUC), Emory University
605 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322 

Activities at the Kids Corner will include a variety of family-oriented performances and workshops. 

Performers include:

  • The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables: Atlanta's own infamous marching clown band will begin at WHSCAB auditorium at the end of the opening plenary session in WHSCAB auditorium and march to the Kid's Corner area (Sat. 10:00am - 11:30am)
  • JULIE AUSTIN: Musician and early childhood educational consultant delights audiences across the states with her popular songs and early childhood workshops. In live performances she encourages her audience to sing, move, and dance throughout the concert. Julie also uses sign mime (a combination of sign language and gestures) which gets everyone involved.
  • PAM WEEKS: Who is Pam Weeks?...Why, she's the one who hands out with BUFFY! Pam Weeks, a gifted, dynamic live entertainer, along with Buffy, her six-foot, flop-eared sheepdog sidekick, offer quality entertainment to children of all ages! Designed to help young children build positive self-esteem, learn good manners and just have fun. Utilizing the power of music, feel-good songs, and Pam Weeks' unique ability to reach a child's imagination, The Pam & Buffy? Show promotes positive interaction, proper conduct, drug-free awareness, conflict resolution and good family fun. 
  • "What's in a Doctor's Bag?" performances by Emory and GA Tech Pre-med student clubs - these are lively interactive theatrical skits with costumed characters based on the book by Neil Shulman MD (also known as Doc Neil the Banana Peel on Georgia Public Broadcasting. These shows aim to relieve children's anxieties about going to the doctor, and teach them about what the doctor's instruments are and what the doctor does at a check-up.
  • Mix & mingle with Clowns from the Gesundheit! Institute, Clowns Without Borders, Canto Cidadao, and Sorrir E Viver (fromBrazil). Sunday afternoon keep an eye out for Patch Adams himself, who will be wandering Emory campus before his keynote presentation at 5:30pm at WHSCAB Auditorium.
  • Caribbean Melange Radio, WIGO – 1570 am –The Light, The Atlanta Port of Spain Sister City Committee, and The Caribbean Cultural Associations present the Global diversity of the Caribbean Culture.   Preserving the Caribbean multi-cultural tradition by coming together to entertain and inform you. Featuring: Mardi Gras Mask Making, Caribbean Folk Tales, Mini Kiddies Carnival, Face Painting, and "The Evolution Rappers” will entertain you with “Conscious Issues related with the YOUTH.”

  • Aviva is a local artist-activist who creates music to inspire, educate, and bring people together.  Her band, Aviva and the Flying Penguins, are a diverse group of musicians who exude a contagious joy as they play and perform from the heart.  Aviva, a prolific writer, actres, and dancer with a B.A. in Child Studies, has been a critically acclaimed composer since the age of eight.  A multi-instrumentalist, she enjoys collaborating with many different artists with a range of cultural and stlyistic backgrounds, even audience member, or shall we say 'co-creator'.  Be prepared to unite in dance and song as you experience Aviva and the Flying Penguins!

  • Muse Circle provides music and movement classes for children from birth to age 12. Led by Thomas "Mr. V." Vinton and Flore Olivier-Vinton, the company promotes body-centered enrichment activities as a central vehicle for positive change in the world. During their workshop, children of all ages and their families are invited to interact with one another while singing, playing the body as an instrument, moving creatively and acting out a story.  Participants can also learn about Muse Circle classes they can take, including Mr. Eric's and Mr. Michael's The Learning Groove (music and movement for toddlers), improvisational arts classes, French immersionand an electric kids' band that meets in a state-of-the-art recording studio.

  • Mark Poole has been a hand drummer for 20 years, working with children and special needs adults with the goal of self-awareness and peace through music.

  • Alan Dynin will offer a wonderful interactive music performance oriented toward 6-10 year olds!


    Come listen to the soothing sounds of the Mills Fulton County Senior Facility’s guitar group…a prelude to the panel discussion on Disabilities Issues (1 – 2pm SOM 153A)


Workshops / Crafts include:

  • Children's Peace Train: The Children's Peace Train will be brought to Atlanta all the way from Seoul, Korea by founder Fred Seligson. Join this project and create a picture of peace in your life to join with the artworks of other children from around the world to add to the peace train which has conducted its way through Turkey, Iraq, Israel, Denmark, Trinidad, Ecuador, India, Australia and the USA since 2002.
  • WorldPlay: International toy-making workshop facilitated by Sharon Mnich, co-founder of the nonprofit organization Worldplay, whose main goal is to celebrate the creativity of children through the toys they invent. By spreading the knowledge of these various toys, our goal is to promote an understanding of different cultures from around the world through the toys that children make and play with. No matter the economic status, education, or physical abilities, a child's creativity is universal. We fervently hope that through play, children will gain deep respect for each other. 
  • Learn the Autoharp: Touch and play an autoharp, and learn how it sounds being played and being tuned! Reverend Charlotte Fairchild will teach autoharp and let people strum the autoharp and press the buttons for the chords!
  • FunClapping: Clap, Sing, Rhyme, Play, laugh, bond and have fun! This will be fresh and new to youngsters and remind parents and grandparents of of all the old favorites (Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mac, Double Double, Say Say oh Playmate....). Learn clapping games the kids today are doing on playgrounds and at recess everywhere.  This organization aims to collect videos, words, and instructions to as many hand clapping games and songs as we can from every corner of the world.  For the young and the young and the young at heart!
  • Iamit Bear workshop offers children fun lessons in the importance of feeling good about themselves, embracing the differences of others, using positive uplifting self talk, and using their imaginations to transform difficult situations.


  • Julie Mckinley 2010 winner of the Georgia Yoga Asana Championship will be teaching two kids' Grounded Yoga classes.
  • Heidi Schaffner, Yoga Instructor, RYT, Certified Yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level with basic training in Yoga for the Special Child. Heidi has been teaching Yoga to children since 2005 and teaching children in educational settings since 1999. She will be teaching two classes.  Here is the web link for her toddler class, just for kicks,
  • Vista Yoga is offering Basics: Safely build your practice and deepen your experience of the fundamentals of Yoga, with emphasis on proper alignment and breath awareness. *Appropriate for Beginner to Advanced instructed by Debbie
  • Elizabeth Thomas will facilitate two classes in Grounded Yoga. Grounded Yoga was developed using the principles and practices found in the Anusara will facilitate two classes in Grounded Yoga.Grounded Yoga was developed using the principles and practices found in the Anusara ® school of Hatha yoga. It inspires individuals to be grounded within to elevate their life and the lives of others around them. It is centered around practicing a series of specific yoga poses rich and detailed in technique yet presented in a wholesome, light and humorous manner so that even the most hesitant will become grounded and embrace the enlightening and elevating aspects of yoga.


For questions, please contact Stephanie Murphy at 

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