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The work of teaching artist Jay Mankita: concerts, workshops, assemblies, residencies, and family events

Newsflash: Jay was awarded 3 residency grants this year from the Massachusetts Cultural Council STARS program for building Rube Goldberg Inventions and teaching about Simple Machines!

click to email Jay, or call or text to 413-627-3145

“Absolutely fantastic! Jay’s concert totally engaged our children, and was parent friendly too! Great feedback from all who attended! Nancy Farber, Director, Cushman School, Amherst, MA

“Wonderful! Entertaining, age appropriate, educational, never boring, and just the right length of time!” – Pat Blarr, 5th grade, Alden Intermediate School, Alden, NY

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  • Jay rocks the house at schools, libraries, camps, festivals – wherever kids and families gather!

    SCHOOLS: (click here)

    These assemblies and workshops promote action and awareness on kindness & community, littering & recycling, wellness & nutrition, creativity in the arts and music, and the importance of math, science, and literacy!

    “Top Notch! Definitely kept the interest of the children.” – P. Matey, 3rd grade, Southwest ES, Torrington, CT

    “Fine, professional performance. A real learning experience. Keep up the good work!” – Jeanette Campbell, 4th grade, Charles E. Walters, Yaphank, NY

    LIBRARIES: (click here)
     Book one of Jay’s dynamic concerts, or a hands-on engineering workshop, for the 2017 summer reading theme, Build A Better World!

    “Dear Jay, Let me take a few minutes to let you know how exciting and enjoyable your program was at Monroe Free Library. Your enthusiasm and creativity electrified our group of almost 100 children and parents. Thank you, thank you for an enjoyable and memorable show. “ – Barbara Spielmann, Monroe Free Library, NY

    “Dear Jay, I can’t thank you enough for such an outstanding children’s program. The way you involved the audience and captured the attention of children from age two to teenagers was truly remarkable. Without even knowing it, the children were learning some timeless values regarding their treatment of the world. We will definitely consider your programs in the future and make arrangements for another “packed house,” which I feel confident we can count on again. I look forward to hearing from you regarding next year’s show.” Thank you once again for a marvelous performance. – Joanne Trask, Phoenix Public Library, NY

click to email Jay, or call or text to 413-627-3145


New Jersey  Clean Communities!

NY State  BOCES eligible

Massachusetts  LCC and STARS!

New England States  NEST

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“Jay Mankita jumps up and down with a big grin on his face, playing incredible guitar, getting everyone laughing. Moments later, he’s doing a dead serious song with no accompaniment. Come hear this guy, I think he’s one of the half dozen best songwriters today.” – Pete Seeger