Len Mackey is a multi-talented artist with years of performance experience, and thousands of hours of community service working with BushMango Drum and Dance, Rochester, NY, and the Creative Spirit Community Arts Center in Potsdam, NY. His life purpose and mission is to enrich the local community and educate youth via the wisdom and practices of indigenous people from multiple continents.
Len is a recipient of the Art $tart Grant provided by NY State, via the St. Lawrence Arts Council. The grant was written in conjunction with Little River School in Canton, NY, to provide African Drum and Dance and theater training, culminating in a performance "River of Drums" and workshops put on by the students. As part of the program, students made their own masks, costumes, and instruments, and composed their own music and dances, all in addition to learning instrumental percussion technique, song, and dance from Guinea. "'River of Drums' brought us above and beyond anything we have ever done here at Little River," remarked Steve Molnar, head of Little River School.
Len is the founder of Song of the Spheres, Inc., a multimedia company specializing in education and entertainment for children of all ages. He has recorded and produced three albums of African, Aboriginal Australian, and Native American musical styles. Len is a student of Tom Brown Jr.'s tracker school. Len is also the owner of Angles on Life Photography and artist consultant for Horsefeather's Haunts in Potsdam, NY.
Song of the Spheres, Inc. has provided entertainment and educational opportunities for Kripalu Yoga Center (Stockbridge, MA), Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, North Country Community College, SUNY Potsdam, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, as well as the Unitarian Universalist Church, St. Lawrence County Boces, SUNY Librarians Association, Potsdam Chamber of Commerce, Peak Potentials Training, The Eternal Moment LLC, St. Lawrence Psychiatric Children/Youth Services, Magikal Rhythms Festival, Leap House, and Norwood-Norfolk, Madrid-Waddington, Hermon-Dekalb, and Star Lake school districts.