Grammy Nominated Lauren Agnelli Leads Songwriting for Social Change Artreach Members, Professional Songwriters, and Community Collaborate

Norwich, CT, September 19, 2013 --( Artreach, Inc.’s Songwriting for Social Change Project is a yearlong series of events dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless through music. Music has traditionally been used to create social change. In this project, people who have psychiatric disorders are working alongside CT songwriters and community members to create songs with a meaningful message.

Artreach Executive Director Rebecca Atkins describes music as a way of life. A bass & guitar player, songwriter, and personal music lover, Atkins states, “Music inspires people. When they sing along, the message really sinks in.”

The upcoming Songwriting for Social Change events on September 27th and 28th include a concert on the 27th at 7:30, and a songwriting class on the 28th from 11 am – 2 pm. Both events will be held at the Donald Oat Theater, which is located at 62 Broadway in Norwich, CT.

The concert features Grammy Nominated singer-songwriter Lauren Agnelli, with guest violinist Dana Takaki. Lauren’s pivotal and most popular work happened when she formed neo-beatnik folksters The Washington Squares in 1983, spearheading the ‘80’s folk revival. From 2007 to 2012, she wrote and performed with the Small Town Concert Series, co-founded with her husband, Matthew Male. In 2013, she is completing two new collections of original songs. Agnelli will also be leading the songwriting event.

Artreach’s “Songwriting for Social Change” project is presented with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Artreach, Inc. provides artistic opportunities in theater, music, and writing for adults who have psychiatric disorders. The Second Step Players, Artreach’s stigma-busting theater troupe, writes and performs conscious comedy and music to create social change by increasing understanding about people who have mental health issues. Check out Artreach’s website at;, and

Tickets are $15 for each event. To purchase concert tickets online, go to For the songwriting class, go to Tickets may be reserved by calling Artreach at 860-887-0014.
Alvia Robinson