Artist/Educator Jay Mankita's family friendly music, and Rube Goldberg machine -hands-on science/engineering workshops and parties for children: plus arts-in-ed programs in schools, libraries, camps, & festivals.
Jay sings fun participatory songs, and plays guitar and keyboards. He travels with his own sound system, and with plenty of fun, educational materials for building crazy Rube Goldberg contraptions.
He is a seasoned veteran of the kids circuit (as well as the adult americana/folk scene), presenting programs for some 50 thousand people each year in diverse venues – elementary schools and libraries, house concerts, coffeehouses, and folk festivals - wherever kids and families gather.
Price Range: $300-$600
“Playful Earth” is a new name, but the work around here has been going on for almost 30 years. In the simplest terms, this is Jay Mankita’s creative home for his family friendly “kindie” music for children, and his arts-in-ed science/engineering programs (basically building awesome Rube Goldberg Machines with kids) in schools, libraries, camps, festivals, etc…
Jay Mankita has worked with kids and families for over 30 years. His engineering workshops are experiential and inspiring. His musical concerts are refreshingly positive and fun.
He’s a seasoned veteran of the children’s circuit as well as the adult americana/folk scene, playing for some 50 thousand people each year in diverse venues – elementary schools and libraries, house concerts, coffeehouses, and folk festivals.
Jay is an award winning and masterful songwriter; a guitarist, humorist, and performing artist who long ago, was named one of the half-dozen best songwriters, by folk legend Pete Seeger. Pete himself suggested and transcribed Jay’s song Living Planet, for publication in Sing Out Magazine. And three of Jay's popular songs are featured in the new songbook published by Hal Leonard, "Rise Again", the new edition of the classic "Rise Up Singing".
He tours throughout the Northeast, but his songs travel the world. ‘Eat Like A Rainbow’ has won a coveted Parent’s Choice award, and the title track from that album is also featured on the CD ‘Picnic Playground’, by the international world music label, Putumayo, distributed in over 100 countries. ‘Junk Food Man’ was featured on a Grammy-nominated album, ‘Healthy Food For Thought’.
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