A note on Jams

"Those who come… come hoping to find their next growing edge… they are often pushing the envelopes around power and privilege and their relationships to these issues… they are trying to connect the dots of various movements and issues, hoping to attain greater clarity and engagement in their work, while living more full and balanced lives… to put it simply, a Jam embodies two core principles: uncompromised truth and unconditional love. A Jam is, above all, a place to be real, to take off masks, to speak one’s truth, and to be fully oneself. Simultaneously, a Jam is a highly appreciative space, where compliments and love are given freely and received with dignity and gratitude, and where the intention is towards healing, learning and growing honest, healthy relationships.”

- Shilpa Jain & Tad Hargrave

Why is it called a Jam?

When musicians get together and play unprepared music, they create songs that have never been heard before, and this is often called a "jam." When talented musicians do this, it often results in some of the most memorable music of our collective history. But that's not the end goal. When musicians get together to "jam," they get to share their unique skills and knowledge, as well as learn from the other musicians. They get to hear and experience other styles of music, expand their horizons and make something unique. They get to have fun, build community, and combine their collective talent, inspiration and skills to create something far greater than the sum of its parts. This fertile ground of diversity, trust and joy sprouts some of the most powerful seeds.

2019 Jams

February 17 - 22, 2019
Nova Scotia Gaels Jam
Nova Scotia, Canada
This Jam will bring intergenerational Gaelic language and culture creatives from around Cape Breton and Nova Scotia to create a welcoming, supportive and INSPIRING community.

June 9 - 14, 2019
Arts for Social Change Jam 2019
Ben Lomond, CA
Musicians, visual artists, dramatists, dancers, graphic recorders, spoken word poets, and more, will join together in cross-pollinating and linking up the vital ARTivist movement! This 7th annual Jam will focus on mutual support, interconnection, collaboration, visioning, and lifting up the essential contributions of artists in social transformation.

September 8 - 15, 2019
North America Jam
Ben Lomond, CA
YES!’s longest-running program, which has helped to birth so many Jams around the country and has been happening for the last 15 years. Diverse multigenerational leaders from around North America will gather for co-creating a shared vision, finding common points of collaboration, healing historic divides, and exploring the self.

2018 Jams

March 26 - 31, 2018
Northeast Changemakers Jam
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
Springfield, NH
http://www.yesworld.org/nejam2018/

June 7 - 11, 2018
Black Diaspora Jam
Highlander Center
New Market, TN
http://www.yesworld.org/blackjam2018/

June 18 - 23, 2018
Arts for Social Change Jam
Quaker Center
Ben Lomond, CA
http://www.yesworld.org/artsjam2018/

August 27 - September 2, 2018
Anatolia Sanat Dolu Jam • Arts for Social Change Jam

September 9 - 16, 2018
North America Jam
Quaker Center
Ben Lomond, CA
YES!’s longest-running program, which has helped to birth so many Jams around the country and has been happening for the last 15 years. Diverse multigenerational leaders from around North America will gather for co-creating a shared vision, finding common points of collaboration, healing historic divides, and exploring the self.

November 11 - 17, 2018
India Arts for Social Change Jam 2018
Pune, India
Musicians, visual artists, dramatists, dancers, graphic recorders, spoken word poets, and more, will join together in cross-pollinating and linking up the vital ARTivist movement! This 7th annual Jam will focus on mutual support, interconnection, collaboration, visioning, and lifting up the essential contributions of artists in social transformation.