State College, PA

When: Friday September 6th, 2019 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: 3 Dots Downtown, 137 E Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801

First Friday: Thankathon, Poetry, & Launch of the Mothership


Join us on First Friday for a celebration of gratitude. With part Thankathon, part open mic, part Funk dance party, we’ll be featuring an exciting installation community art piece inspired by the Mothership.


Happy Valley’s first Thankathon has a mission to ensure that the kindness, caring actions, and bravery that happens in our community does not go unnoticed. Do you have a great neighbor that helped you when you crashed your bike, a teacher that made a positive difference, a co-worker that always has helpful advice  – participate in the Thankathon and let them know! At the Thankathon, there will be free thank you cards, a ton of art supplies to use to craft your own, and a PostSecret-style wall of thanks. Come by to brighten people’s day with thank you cards, help us meet our goal of 1,000 thank you’s in our community, and learn about who and what is making a positive difference in our community from the Gratitude Wall.


To usher in the air of gratitude, 3 Dots will stage an open mic on this most auspicious day. Bring your poems, bring your friends, open the cages of your hearts which protect you from the hustling workweek for some sweet and gentle lyricisms to usher your souls back into smiling. For further information and signup contact: harvey@3dotsdowntown.com or nas490@psu.edu


The original Mothership was an elaborate performance prop used by Dr. Funkenstein (George Clinton) during his many tours in the late 1970s, early 1980s, and 1990s. A replica is currently held in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but we’ll be building our own version as an act of appreciation and gratitude to the power of Funk culture and Black representation.

Plus, we will have an epic Funk dance party starting at 8pm!

Funding: Trailhead & Awesome Foundation $1000 grant, thank you!