Finding Hope in a Ukulele


SWANDayLogoWe would like t o wish our mentor and founder of SWAN Day Martha Richards a very Happy Birthday!

Eleven years later and she continues to inspire us everyday.

Here is an excerpt form her birthday blog on

I have often written about the healing power of the arts, and I knew that I needed a big dose of that medicine myself this year. There have been too many times lately when I found myself screaming about the news, and then sinking into a sense of helplessness.  I have been looking for something to fortify me against those negative feelings, and I am happy to report that tackling a new instrument is a powerful antidote. Read Full Blog

Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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