Wonderful Photo and Video Essay about Joy Now from the Oregonian

Ten years after it first began to delight audiences with its blend of circus arts and Klezmer-inspired, big-band sound, March Fourth Marching Band is mentoring a new generation. Members of March Fourth have founded Joy Now Arts Project for Portland-area youth.

“Family” is a word many kids use to describe their experience.

Recent Joy Now rehearsals reveal 18 middle- and high school-age kids collaborating on a rocking circus performance piece. They sew their own costumes, learn about Klezmer, and strap on stilts. Laughter punctuates the quiet confidence that comes from being surrounded by supportive, caring adults.

Admittedly, Joy Now co-founders Robin Jackson and Ariel Brantley-Dalglish want to save the world. The former March Fourth Marching Band members’ vision begins one child at a time, through the medium of art.

Modeled after the infectiously funky and raucous big-band performing group that they came from, with the support of some current band members, Joy Now Arts Project is completing its first go at an after-school program.

“We’ve seen the arts being cut from all different school and community budgets,” Brantley-Dalglish says. “ But we also have all this research that shows how much arts really help students thrive.”

You can check them out this weekend when they play the March Fourth Marching Band ‘s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza at the Crystal Ballroom on Sunday, March 3 at 4pm.

For information on how to register for upcoming Joy Now classes: http://joynowproject.org

— Faith Cathcart

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Joy Now at MarchFourth Marching Band’s 10th Anniversary!

63158f308eaac9b55e5b28b3529f50baCome see the Joy Now Youth Marching Band open up for Portland’s own MarchFourth Marching Band at their annual birthday Bash at the Crystal Ballroom!

This is the final performance of the Winter Session after school program. Interested in being a part of the band? Contact us to Register

 

 

MarchFourth Marching Band Anniversary show!
The Crystal Ballroom, 1332 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR
Sunday, March 3rd
Matinee 4pm
Admission: Teens/adults, $11 adv/$14 dos. Kids (age 4-12), $8 adv/$11 dos. Kids under 4, free

BUY TICKETS

 

 

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Thank You!

Thank you peopleWe want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of our supporters who have donated money, time and energy to help us kick off our new after school program!

Much gratitude to the following businesses and individuals:

 

 

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Emily Hetrick Realty

 

 

 

Andina
Artists Repertory
Bernie’s
Common Ground Wellness Center
Crossfit 
Crush
Duckpond Vineyards
Elephant’s Delicattesen
Faith Hats
Flora Bowley 
Floyds Coffee House
The Sanford Sisters
Kaya singer
Lisa Bogan
New Seasons Markets
“Night Flight”
Sweethome yoga
Tiny’s Coffee
Dierdre Thompson
Bhakti Shop
Zen Space
Awakenings yoga space
Mother’s bistro
MarchFourth
Matt Cawley
Sock it 2 me
Private lessons at Impact athletics
Stunting classes Uplift
Saucebox
Mississippi Pizza
Whitebird
Lovely’s 5050
Sabrina Sterling
Liberty Glass
Bollywood Theater
Red Fox
Salt and straw
Bin 21
Bike Galley
The Joinery
Radio Room
Townsends Tea
Scott Neisen
John and Teri Whitty
Ms. Erica J Kelley
Madoc Ying-wong
Raina McSherry
Erin McKenna
Steven and Lisa Erb
Carol Salami-Gostwick
Eric Brenner-Kelley
Whole 9 yards
Linda Schaldach
Sol Crawford
Robin Larsen
Jans ingber
Tony Favazza
Aimee Eddins
elizabeth bretko
Kevin Levy
David Hobby
Adam henry
Mike Howard
Jen Forti
Nick Lavorato
Lisa Lepine
Nikole Gramm
Sol Crawford
Rylan Heyerman
Rich Jones
Ben Pinkowitz
Peter Davidson
Thom Forster
Nathan Miller
Kevin Balmer
Therese Batt
Jeffery Cawley
John Labovitz
Lisa Bogan
matt siegel
Kaya Singer
Jorjan Plimmer
Patricia Moak
Bonnie Cohn
Hilary Anthony
David Hobby
Mary Mazza
Shelia Brantley
Elizabeth goeke
Dan Berger
Joanna Boyd
Sarah Lomas
Annamieka Hopps
Joe Mazza, Jr
Zipporah
Edye Sanford
Craig Huntley
Stacy Anne Murphy
Eric Brenner-Kelley
Aaron Blake
Anthony Meade
Jonathan Brinkley
Melissa Townsen
Monika Gerzova
Tangela Purdom

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Drink for a Cause! A Benefit for the Joy Now Arts Project

At last! A way to combine two of your favorite pastimes at the same time

Drinking booze and supporting a non-profit youth program!

Fun433_524The Joy Now Arts Project is a circus and music performing arts program for youth taught by members of the MarchFourth Marching Band!

In order to keep our program running, we rely on community support! Bink’s on Alberta has offered to give 50% of all sales to Joy Now for an entire night!

It’s also Mardi Gras, so come hang out with us and encourage all of your friends to join us too. The more people that come, the more scholarships we will have for spring session!! Have a drink and help more youth attend our program!

We will also be raffling off an hour long massage at Zen Space (a fabulous Valentine’s Day present! ) Don’t miss your opportunity to Win! Win! Win!

Tuesday Feb. 12th from 6-11pm

Bink’s 2712 NE Alberta, Portland

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Joy Now FREE Sampler Workshop!

FREE workshop and play day for parents and prospective students! 

If you’re thinking about joining Joy Now, this is a great way to come see what all the noise is all about. If you’re a parent of a current Joy Now student, it’s YOUR turn to try all the fun things your kids have been raving about. 

This is sort of like an open house, except that it’s a workshop where we ask you to arrive by 5:30pm and stay the whole time to get the full experience. Trust us, you won’t want to leave!! 

Adults AND kids will get to: 

• Experience mini-playshops in circus arts, music, stilt- walking, costume design and more! 
• Learn more about the program, what we offer and how you can support it

FREE Wine, Pizza and other snacks!!!!

Monday, March 11th
5:30-8pm

St David of Wales Church, 2800 Southeast Harrison Street Portland, OR 97214

PRE-REGISTER and enter our RAFFLE to win a gift certificate to Townshends Teahouse – local, gourmet tea on Alberta! 
www.townshendstea.com

CLICK HERE: http://joynowproject.eventbrite.com/

You MUST register in advance to enter the raffle.

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KZME presents the Joy Now Annual FunRaiser!

Come celebrate and be a part of launching a new community as we inspire and support our youth to rock out, make art and change the world!

Raise the roof at our 2nd Annual FunRaising party! Featuring a stunning night of music, dance and performance
Proudly sponsored by
Featuring:
VAGABOND OPERA – Bohemian Gypsy Cabaret!
THE JOY NOW YOUTH MARCHING BAND
DJ GLOBALRUCKUS

RAFFLE prizes and a SILENT AUCTION filled with goodies for your holiday shopping pleasure.  Games, wandering performers and lots of fun and exciting ways for you to help make this program a success!

Complimentary appetizers! Beer/Wine and food available

All proceeds will go to the Joy Now Scholarship Fund, helping ensure that every youth who wants to, can join us in the fun!

Thursday, DEC 6th
The Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St
Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
ALL AGES
$25 – $50
(Limited number of low income/student tix avail at door day of show and through contacting us)

GET TICKETS NOW: http://alturl.com/2fm8p
Also available at venue box office or call (503)764-4131

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WANT TO SUPPORT US?

To donate an Auction Item email info@joynowproject.org

Your company name will be listed at the event!

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Joy Now FREE Open House!

A FREE open house and play day for parents and prospective students!

If you’re thinking about joining Joy Now, this is a great way to come see what all the noise is about. If you’re a parent of a current Joy Now student, it’s YOUR turn to try all the fun things your kids have been raving about. Adults AND kids will get to:

• Experience mini-playshops in circus arts, music, stilt- walking, costume design and more!
• Learn more about the program, what we offer and how you can support it
• Enjoy complimentary wine (adults only) and snacks

 

Sunday, November 18th
1-3:30pm
St David of Wales Church, 2800 Southeast Harrison Street Portland, OR 97214

PRE-REGISTER and enter our RAFFLE to win a $35 gift certificate for delicious Indian cuisine at Alberta street’s hot new restaurant, Bollywood Theater!

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2843310822

You MUST register in advance to enter the raffle.

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KZME presents ~ Joy Now Annual Fundraiser DEC 6th

Come celebrate and be a part of launching a new community as we inspire and support our youth to rock out, make art and change the world!

Raise the roof at our 2nd Annual FunRaising party! Featuring a stunning night of music, dance and performance
Proudly sponsored by
Featuring:
VAGABOND OPERA – Bohemian Gypsy Cabaret!
THE JOY NOW YOUTH MARCHING BAND
DJ GLOBALRUCKUS

RAFFLE prizes and a SILENT AUCTION filled with goodies for your holiday shopping pleasure.  Games, wandering performers and lots of fun and exciting ways for you to help make this program a success!

Complimentary appetizers! Beer/Wine and food available

All proceeds will go to the Joy Now Scholarship Fund, helping ensure that every youth who wants to, can join us in the fun!

Thursday, DEC 6th
The Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St
Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
ALL AGES

Ticket prices:

Admission $15
Supporter $25 (includes raffle ticket
Rockstar $50 (includes raffle ticket and t-shirt)
(No one turned away for lack of funds at door)

GET TICKETS NOW: http://alturl.com/2fm8p
Also available at venue box office or call (503)764-4131

**
WANT TO SUPPORT US?

To donate an Auction Item email info@joynowproject.org

Your company name will be listed at the event!

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