MINI-CONCERTS - WORKSHOPS - SPEAKING
Lara has designed, performed and presented thousands of concerts, talks, workshops & classes for a wide variety of audiences and participants, including nonprofit organizations, libraries, academic departments, business teams, and faith communities.
Mini-concerts are often presented by libraries, usually 45 to 60 minutes. They can focus on a theme (or not!):
- Shine: Music for your Superpowers - A performance centered around Lara’s most uplifting songs and new illustrated book.
- The Journey of a Song, From Seed to Stage - Songs and reflections on the creative process of songwriting. (Indie music themes can be added.)
- Wage Love: Music for Justice & Equity - Songs and music videos to inspire all to be part of creating a more fair and just world.
- (no specific theme) - Lara will select the song list; just sit back and enjoy the music!
Workshops are creative and engaging, tailored to your goals, setting and budget. They range from two hours to multiple days, and focus on the following themes:
Wingspan: Creative Confidence & Courage
Shine: Remembering Your Super Powers
Mission, Values & Team-Building
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ACADEMIC - Albertus Magnus College, Eastern Connecticut State University, Gateway Community College, Housatonic Community College, New England College & New Hampshire Institute of Art, University of Connecticut School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University Health, Wesleyan University's Center for Creative Youth, Yale School of Management
NONPROFIT - The Ana Grace Project, Artreach, Community Leadership Program, Connecticut Public Television, Connecticut Youth Service Association & multiple Youth Service Bureaus, Middlesex Health Hospice Program, People’s Music Network
FAITH - Asylum Hill Congregational Church (CT), The Unitarian Church in Westport (CT), Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tupelo (MS), Unitarian Universalist Society: East (CT), Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SUUSI / NC)
COALITION, PHILANTHROPY & BUSINESS - Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations (CEIO), Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, General Electric Company, Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation, MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change, JP Morgan Chase, National Juvenile Justice Network, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Reform Coalition, New York State Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships
GOVERNMENT - Commission on Racial & Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, Connecticut General Assembly, Connecticut Judicial Branch, Connecticut Office of Policy & Management / Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, Connecticut State Department of Education, U.S. Attorney’s Office & The Justice Education Center, U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (Department of Justice)
"Lara Herscovitch was amazing. She walks the walk, provided a safe space for us to really delve into the issues at hand and guide us through ways of empowering ourselves. I can't say enough good things about her and the weekend. Love love love. I came back changed and uplifted."
"Lara was a delightful presenter and facilitator for our faculty development full-day workshop. She was extremely well-prepared and based her presentation on the college’s objectives and goals, refreshing the long time faculty while enlightening our new faculty members with what we, as a college, stand for. Several faculty in attendance commented how the discussions were the best they had been a part of in years. Others were appreciative of Lara being an artist and having that sensitivity to their concerns. She was also very effective in addressing some sensitive issues and winning over an unwilling participant. She is someone I would bring back without hesitation."
-Kittie M. Weber, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Chair of Faculty Development Committee, New England College
"Great energy... Excellent workshop! Had a great time… Great facilitator integrated her own singer/songwriter skills effectively for our needs… Great job. Well worth the time today… Thank you for sharing your gifts with us… Particularly worthwhile… Very helpful... Thank you for bringing us back to being human…"
-Faculty comments, New England College & New Hampshire Institute of Art merger workshop on Mission, Values & Team-Building
"Lara is an incredibly gifted musician, artist and facilitator. She brought energy and compassion as well as passion to the whole weekend. I was hesitant at the beginning but knew by the end I was in good hands with Lara and our entire group."
-Omega Institute, Confidence, Courage & Creativity workshop participant
"It is always wonderful to have Lara with us. Whether she is adding her soulful original music to a service, or helping design and implement workshops or retreats, I am always inspired and transformed by her gifts. In these crazy days we are living in, I feel better just knowing she is in the world and sharing her gifts for good.”
-Rev. Erica Thompson, Asylum Hill Congregational Church
"Deeply connecting, challenging, encouraging. I am so grateful for this workshop with Lara!"
"The questions and exercises we went through are really good for all of us both personally and professionally."
-team building session participant, Virginia Commonwealth University Health
"Lara is a joy to work with; it was our pleasure to have her at Wisdom House, to do individual coaching around songwriting and creative courage, as well as a full concert. We look forward to having her back!"
-Deborah Kelley, Executive Director & Bonnie Mis, Program Manager
"Lara is the real deal. Kindness, knowledge, patience, what a gift. She has helped me with my song writing and music insight, Lara creates the space for magic to happen. She is one very special soul.”
-Cricket Murphy, individual artist songwriting / coaching