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Circle Back with Angie Mack – The Beginning Years

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May 20, 2022

by Angie Mack CONTACT:  angie@ozaukeetalent.com

I grew up with an older sister who had a physical and intellectual disability that required 24-hour nursing care.    She needed to live in a facility that was about an hour away from our home so I only saw her on occasion. She was both nonverbal as well as nonphysical.  The seeds of compassion for people residing in care facilities were instilled in me at a very young age.  I instinctively coped with this loss through music.

Before I had my first child, I became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) through MATC in Madison.  I was primarily stationed to the area of a facility that housed patients with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease and Mental Illness.  I found that I was able to connect well with the residents and was asked to assist in the Activities Department.

One of our weekly activities was to have mass made available to the residents on Fridays.  Many looked forward to this occasion and even had their hair and nails done for the event.  We had an issue with priests cancelling mass at the last minute.  In order to satisfy the residents, I was asked to deliver an impromptu spiritual message accompanied by group singing.  There was an old piano in the corner of the cafeteria where we met.  Thankfully, I was good at improvising as well as singing and playing the piano.

A friend from church later joined me and we took our uplifting message and music to various facilities throughout the greater Madison area.  We had between 5 and 10 bookings per month.

My pastor, at the time, took notice of my talents and asked if I would play piano and sing for their Sunday services.   The church had a house on their property set aside for people who needed minimal living assistance.  Next, I became the Administrator of their State-Licensed Class B Community-Based Residential Facility.

Fast forward a few decades.  Rob Kos of Gathering on the Green also noticed this “gift” of mine and hired me a few years ago to do music sessions with the special needs adults at Balance, Inc., Homestead High School Transitional Students and Portal, Inc.  Words cannot describe how enriching this experience has been!

Last night was the 30th Anniversary celebration Gala for Balance, Inc. at Shully’s in Thiensville.  It was an honor to collaborate on a music video that was a focal point of the evening.  In this video, I am singing, playing piano and wrote the storyboard.  It is highly inspiring.  Check it out:

The pandemic and all of the issues that it has spawned has made me deeply concerned for families, children and mankind.  A major reason why we are in a mental health crisis is due to the nastiness of people.  People are stressed.  And people have been nasty.  Pure and simple.

I decided that I would like to spend the rest of 2022 trying to bring people together through drumming.  It’s an all-inclusive musical activity that has healing properties according countless studies.  Humanity needs to heal.  How do we heal?  Through each other.

The drum circles are primarily intended for:

Register for Drum Circle HERE 

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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For Immediate Release: Ozaukee Talent Pop-Up Drum Circles

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2022

Angie Mack

Ozaukee Talent

262.309.4112

angie@ozaukeetalent.com

Ozaukee Talent Sponsored Community Pop-Up Drum Circles

Regaining a Sense of Community throughout Various Locations This Summer

[Grafton, WI]: Ozaukee Talent today announced Ozaukee Talent Sponsored Community Pop-Up Drum Circles, a new program. Pop-Up Drum Circles invite people of all ages to play music in a group setting.  No experience or instrument is required.   Pop-Up Drum Circles will be held in various locations throughout Wisconsin including parks, schools, businesses and events.  This community activity offers a new way for people to come together through music after being disjointed due to Covid-19.

“Covid-19 did a number on community relations.  It is my desire to bring healing through the tools of collaboration combined with music,” says Angie Mack, founder at Ozaukee Talent. “I have been working as an arts leader in Ozaukee County for close to 25 years and see this as a much needed solution to the stress that we have acquired over the past two years.  This is a family-friendly activity that encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.”

Features and benefits of Ozaukee Talent Sponsored Community Pop-Up Drum Circles include:

  • A regained sense of community after living with restrictions due to Covid-19
  • Health benefits of drumming such as cardio exercise, stress release and improved immunity
  • Promotional opportunity for events and organizations wanting to boost attendance

Ozaukee Talent Sponsored Community Pop-Up Drum Circles will kick off starting Friday May 13 at 2pm at the baaree in Thiensville for the opening of their live venue season.  For other pop-up drum circle dates and times, visit ozaukeetalent.com to register.  Interested schools, businesses, event planners  and organizations can contact angie@ozaukeetalent.com 

About Ozaukee Talent: Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack of Grafton in 2016.  One of the main goals was to connect creative people with businesses and organizations for mutual benefit.  Ozaukee Talent provides a large umbrella of music and performing arts services such as on-site programming, event marketing, arts project management and consultation as well as individual music and acting lessons.  The arts play a vital role in the well-being of any culture and Ozaukee Talent is positioned to help facilitate that.

Visit ozaukeetalent.com for more information.  Angie Mack’s personal portfolio of work can be found at angiemackcreative.com.

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Ozaukee Talent Showcase to be in Random Lake August 7

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Angie Mack 

angie@ozaukeetalent.com

https://ozaukeetalent.com 

Photos:  https://www.instagram.com/ozaukeetalent/

For Immediate Release

Ozaukee Talent Showcase to be Held in Random Lake, WI

Saturday August 7th 11am to 2pm at Christ Pond Retreat Center

[Grafton] [WI] [July 24, 2021] Ozaukee Talent welcomes you to an informal open house showcase of local talent on Saturday August 7 between 11 am and 2 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.   Approximately 15 students (mostly youth) have volunteered to share their musical and acting talents at Christ Pond Retreat Center in Random Lake, WI with mostly family and friends.  Christ Pond Retreat Center is an events facility located on 100 acres of preserved Wisconsin land.  The address is N1599 State Hwy. 57 in Random Lake, WI.  Visit christpond.org for more information.

“The reason why I don’t use the word ‘recital’ is because a lot of people have preconceived ideas on what a recital is and the images that come to mind can tend to be negative.   I don’t believe in forcing anyone to perform who doesn’t want to.  I have seen that this can do more harm than good especially in a young child.  Families and guests are also free to come and go as they please.  The performance environment is comfortable and casual —Angie Mack, Ozaukee Talent founder and Musical Producer

Outdoor special guest performer will be longtime radio host Ben Merens.  

Ben Merens headshot

Image courtesy of Ben Merens benmerens.com

Ben Merens is a storyteller and public speaker with a passion for listening. He is a veteran broadcaster and spent 21 years as a talk show host at Wisconsin Public Radio.

Today Ben provides stories for organizations and trains people in the art & science of effective, emotive storytelling.  He is the author of “People Are Dying To Be Heard” and “Uni-Tasking: 25 Tips For Better Listening.”  Ben is trained as a journalist and media professional. He has taught a variety of communications classes at colleges and universities in New York, Chicago and throughout Wisconsin.  For fun, Ben is an improvisational, acoustic guitar troubadour.  

Ozaukee Talent was founded by Mack in February of 2016 after a bout with very early stage breast cancer and a two year medical leave from her usual teaching and directing duties through the North Shore Academy of the Arts (NSAA).  She is known by many families in Ozaukee County as a musical theater director who has been involved with producing and directing over 100 shows during the past 20 years.  

Mack is also internationally known as a music educator, researcher and historian.  She has worked with many famous writers and playwrights, musicians, actors, producers and film directors from all over the world.  She introduced the music history concept for Grafton’s downtown Paramount Plaza and has served as the Chairperson for the International Walk of Fame Committee since 2006.   

More about Mack in the media can be found at https://angiemackreilly.com/media/

Mack has a strong reputation of developing top notch talent.  Students of hers have become lead roles at various regional theaters and organizations such as The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, First Stage, The Fireside, Schauer Arts and Activities Center, The Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, Kids from Wisconsin and the Cedarburg Cultural Center

Most recently, Ozaukee Talent sponsored singer/songwriter Demetra Prochaska at the Youth Battle of the Bands competition at this year’s Gathering on the Green in Mequon, WI. 

21 year old Prochaska won 3rd place and $1000 which should help her musical career get off to a good footing.  

Battle of the Bands Announcement from Gatheirng on the Green

Announcement courtesy of Gathering on the Green gatheringonthegreen.org

Ozaukee Talent collaborates with local businesses and organizations to bring about successful music and arts events, classes and programs.  Mack gives private music and acting lessons outside of her home which she jokingly nicknamed The Grafton House of Blues.  She is currently looking to add instructors for the fall semester.  Contact angie@ozaukeetalent.com if interested.  

 

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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