Speaker: Aaron Ableman

Nutritious Pop Culture: Igniting a Global Youth Movement!

A celebrated entertainer, author, and entrepreneur, Aaron Ableman grew up under the guidance of a farmer and a public-health nurse for parents, studying with indigenous elders, Hollywood elite and working class professionals alike. Born in Michael Douglas’ basement, Aaron was raised under auspicious conditions, studying with the many world-leaders who took a moment to explore the trees or juggle the soccer ball. From his time in Nicaragua at the end of the civil war to being raised on a landmark urban farm, Ableman has held unusual leadership roles since a young age. He was a frequent star in annual stage shows as a child actor. Since high-school, he has been recognized as a distinguished producer, actor and writer in the fields of music, literature, film and education. Ableman soon began to write and compose musicals under the tutelage of Stanford theatre buff, Ian Cummings, with Nina Simone’s producer, Charles Ellison, (Concordia University) and at the renowned Esalen Institute with actress/master teacher, Paula Shaw. At the time, he was asked to be creative director and producer with an arts-education organization called Music Mind Movement. The group grew to national prominence and was a catalyst for many well-known artists across North America.

After university, he travelled as an artist-ambassador and educator reaching 10,000 orphans and low-income school children in the slums of Mumbai and Varanasi, India. Returning to North America to consult with arts therapy organizations in Canada, he went on to produce and teach a number of programs for marginalized school-kids. Moving back to California, Ableman founded an urban festival series bringing top scientists together with artists, athletes, businessmen and leaders to share cross-discipline solutions to global and community ills. He then became Executive Producer for the Clean Energy Tour, a statewide “Get Out The Vote” music tour backed by 120 organizations, reaching over 200k youth on 8 college campus’. In the wake of the Haiti earthquake, he was inspired to travel to Port-Au-Prince to advise a food-security initiative by employing music and storytelling as a way to engage marginalized communities in the challenging rebuilding process. It was then that his long-time project, Pacha’s Pajamas, emerged as a prime tool to explore nature themed issues through music and storytelling.

An award-winning educator and entertainer, Aaron Ableman has dedicated his life to serving children, youth and families. Aaron has long been surrounded by world leaders in the movement for social and environmental change. Ableman has worked with major artists including Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Joan Baez, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Vandana Shiva, Raffi and is a sought after entertainer around the globe. His life and work have been heralded in publications such as the LA Times, CNN, MTV, New York Times, MTV, Montreal Mirror and SF Examiner. Aaron is a CoFounder of BALANCE Edutainment and a consultant for numerous Arts & Education Organizations.​

Join us for a call with an inspired artist, who operates with the ​simple hope of healing the world, one heart beat at a time.


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