PRESS RELEASE & HIGH RES PHOTOS 2017 Mighty Kindness Hoot
2017 Mighty Kindness Hoot Press Release
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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – March 23, 2017 10th Anniversary Mighty Kindness Hoot, Saturday, May 20, 2017 Waterfront Park's Brown-Forman Amphitheater 1301 River Road 12:00 pm. to 7:00 pm, FREE
A decade of giving a Hoot and how Kindness can be Mighty Local community unity group, Mighty Kindness, Keeping Louisville Kind since 2008 LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, March 23, 2017 The Hoot (originally hootenanny), a community unity festival, all started back in 2008 when a small group of musicians, teachers, activists and healers saw the great potential that this region has to create a circle of sustainability and compassion. The organizers had a goal to make it easier to support and bring together all who have the same vision at heart...kindness. They wanted to strengthen those who were promoting kindness to ourselves, to each other and to the Earth. They wanted to strengthen kindness in our leaders, in our work, and create kindness in all aspects of our commonwealth.They started an online resource at www.mightykindness.org with contacts for local green business, natural medicine and healing, community services, peace and social justice, local farms & markets. They realized that in order to really have community, it is vital to come together in person and truly get know your neighbor. So, in 2008 in Willow Park, they moved beyond 'virtual community' and hosted the first Earth Day Hootenanny. Fifty organizations and a few hundred people showed up, so they had another festival the next fall. After an inspiring response from the community, they added a Harvest Hootenanny. By 2010 they had outgrown Willow Park, so they moved to the much beloved Louisville Nature Center. After a couple of years, the Hoot needed more space. It was then that Mighty Kindness found it's home at Waterfront Park's Brown Forman Amphitheater. "The reason the Mighty Kindness Hoots have grown so much is because it is an idea whose time has come. We have garnered national attention with folks starting kindness festivals in Texas, Washington and Georgia. People are hungry for connection with folks who have a compassionate vision for society. They need to work FOR something, not just stand AGAINST. People tell us how much they need to see, hear and be surrounded by positive solutions, art, inspiration and community." said organizer Aim Me Smiley. Folks are finding common ground and purpose through empowering the kindness in Kentuckiana and they are having a great big party to celebrate- this year- 10 years of "giving a Hoot and knowing how to have one" Saturday, May 20 at the Mighty Kindness Hoot at Waterfront Park’s Brown Forman Amphitheater from 12-7pm. It is a free event open to everyone!
"The kids are always asking when the next Hoot will be. The Hoots charge us up and have not only restored our faith in humanity but have made us feel more connected to our community” –Brian Hill
Voted “Best Festival in Louisville” next to the Derby by LEO Weekly Readers, the Hoot highlights community heroes protecting our water, our mountains, our air, our green spaces, worker’s rights and the rights of all humans and animals. Support local farmers who raise real food, right here. You will find a foodie heaven of locally grown, non-gmo and organic gourmet delights. Homemade beer will be available by the award-winning Apocalypse Brew Works. You can feel good and do good at the Massage-a-thon helping St.Joseph's Children Home and experience various forms of alternative healing. A wide diversity of local artisans who are crafting from recycled and earth-friendly materials will be selling their wares. A Free School with 2 tents of Workshops will be open to the public to engage and learn about topics like "Reverse an Opiate Overdose with Naloxone/Narcan Training," "Grassroots Political Activism," "Bystander Training for Racial Justice," "Looking Beyond Borders" refugee experience and more all free to the public.
"For this group here to come out on a Saturday and show our respect for each other, our respect for Nature, our respect for society...I can't tell you how proud I am to represent all of you." -KY Congressman John Yarmuth speaking at the Mighty Kindness Hoot
Come hear why Louisville.com called the Hoot, "one of the top 15 Music Festivals" with performances by some of the most outstanding musicians in the region- The Louisville Leopard Percussionists, CPHR DVN, Leigh Ann Yost, Rob Lee, Brother Wolves, The Boxwine Prophets w/Earl Guthrie, Hey Hey Honey, The Thumps will grace the 100.9 WCHQ Music Stage broadcasting live all day. Next to the stage, Cirque Louis, Krypta Night and Turners Circus will perform aerial arts that defy gravity and inspire awe! Kids of all ages will become connected and inspired by interactive educational events like kindness scavenger hunts, worm composting and geocaching. Join in the Mighty Kind Second Line Parades and dance with the 12 foot tall Element Puppets. Take a moment to envision a kinder world within and around you as you stroll through the SpiritWalk atop the amphitheater hill. Don't miss The Sun Stage featuring hip hop, poetry, dance and a Free Stage open to all. Join in the Community Jam hosted by Tom Boone or get something or leave something at Freecycle. Be inspired by the Movement Circle performances and maybe even try Belly Dancing and Tai Chi! The Mighty Kindness Hoot is a community celebration with a cause. It is a festival of kindness- by and for our community- that is creating a region that is more connected, sustainable, healthy, innovative and compassionate.
"The group does a great job in showing that a kindness still exists in our community. If you want your faith restored in humanity, these hoots are the place to do it." Jessica Mathis Louisville.com
As you stand in the Community Circle at the Hoot, a picture emerges of a society built on personal strength, collective support, creativity, ecological sustainability, diversity, mutuality and a kindness that grows more mighty every single time we join our hearts in solidarity for a better world. When the farmer joins with the union worker who joins with the refugee who joins with the earth steward who joins with the politician who joins with the artist and the teacher and the nurse, the CEO and the person without a home- when we stand together for the good of all...this is a mighty kindness.
The Official Poster of the 2017 Mighty Kindness Hoot