The People’s Music Network annual Summer Gathering is scheduled from June 12-14, 2020 at the Woolman Hill Retreat Center in Deerfield, MA. Large groups singing together face-to-face is what makes PMN Gatherings so exciting and inspiring. During this particular pandemic, it also endangers people’s health.
PMN is considering how to move forward in this crisis, with our mission in mind: sustaining and growing a diverse community of performing artists, activists and allies that uses music, poetry, and other forms of cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world. As we assess our options, the PMN Steering Committee will continue to communicate with our members about our decision making for this year’s Summer Gathering.
For decades, PMN has sustained our community primarily by hosting major gatherings. In recent years, we’ve also developed ideas for programs to sustain our community through online platforms. In response to this crisis, we’re reviving our exploration of how these ideas can help us fulfill our mission right now. Confronting this challenge is new for PMN and just about everyone else, but we have the capacity to work together, learn, and develop new strategies.