November 15, 2023

D🌏T Newsletter: Transforming, Together

Dept of Transformation gathers in NYC to lay Groundwork for things ahead

November 15, 2023

Dear dear friends, loved ones, collaborators,

What a time. I’d like to invite you to take a deep breath to think of those who have been killed in Gaza, Israel, and the world around over the past six weeks, and those who are dying right now. With the situation in Gaza growing more horrific every day, there are many ways for people in the US to support a ceasefire: by [object Object] representatives, finding actions nearby, donating to humanitarian organizations—and, throughout, continuing to engage in meaningful dialogue with others, even when it’s challenging.

Amid these crises, I keep asking myself what the role of art can be. The closest I’ve come is that it gathers people together—through both aesthetic pleasure and friction—for communion, conversation, and change.

From now until March 2024, Department of Transformation will be in residence at Canal Projects, a new non-profit in New York City. Our program, entitled Groundwork, represents an opportunity to invite artists, thinkers, therapists, and others to workshop new formats for learning and healing. On a personal level, the residency is a chance for me to reconnect with NYC after the itinerancy of the D🌎T Spring 2023 Teaching Tour. There will be book groups, mindfulness sessions, shared meals, therapy tutorials, and—of course—karaoke.



We believe in karaoke—a powerful tool inviting vulnerability, connection, and joy! Whether you like to sing out loud, cheer others on, or just observe quietly, you are welcome to join Dept of Transformation. Just take a deep breath and answer the question: "What is a song you would like to hear sung in karaoke?"


Title Artist Duration
Gasolina Daddy Yankee 03:12
Hips Don't Lie Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean 02:28
Pocketful of Sunshine Natasha Bedingfield 03:34
Let's Go Crazy Prince & The Revolution 04:54


We invite you to share your favorite songs, whether they're beloved classics or hidden gems, and let your musical choices become part of our collective soundtrack. By submitting your tracks, you'll help create an inclusive, dynamic playlist that brings us closer together through the power of music.

To submit a song, please send a Link to a Youtube Video in the form below.