Stay Human in the Park Recap

Happy Monday! We had an incredible weekend in Colorado with Michael Franti and friends.

 

As you may know, we’ve partnered with Take Note Colorado this summer. Take Note is former Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper’s non-profit established to put instruments into the hands of every K-12 student in Colorado. Through our collaboration, we will be donating hundreds of ukuleles to children across the state, in addition to hosting a series of library events, providing music education for kids over the summer.

 

On Thursday, June 6th, musician and social activist Michael Franti hosted a “party in the park” — a time of connection and social activism at the Civic Center Park right in downtown Denver. It was a beautiful day as Uku Global, Take Note, and 14 other non-profit organizations set up booths for the 5,000 people who came through. Michael screened his film Stay Human and played a free concert, but he definitely had to compete with the orchestra of uke players who filled our booth!

 

It was so fun to see so many kids and adults swarm our space, eager to get their hands on a uke. Maybe for the first time, or maybe they were old pros. Either way, it was a testament to our belief that music moves people — emotionally, spiritually, physically.  

 

The next day we were invited to Michael’s VIP pre-show fundraiser for Take Note. Hosted by the Red Rocks Trading Post, it was such a treat to hear his acoustic set surrounded by the majestic beauty of Red Rocks. We were able to strengthen relationships with musicians and organizations whose vision aligns with ours, and it was truly empowering to remember we’re on the right road to putting the joy of music into the hands of everyone.