"The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."

- Kurt Vonnegut

Back in 2004, the series finale of Friends inspired James to create a holiday that celebrates art that inspires us and the power within each person to be creative. While it was, at first, a lighthearted day to poke fun at a show disliked by the Riley brothers and give gifts to friends, it has become an important part of our annual celebrations. We both believe that art has the power to make things better - for all of us, not just a precious few - and that all of us can harness that power of art.

We believe that in an era where division, anger and meanness seem to go unchecked, this is more important than ever. We'll be continuing our new tradition of hosting workshops, led by our friends, where people can hone their creativity. Friends' End Day is a chance for people to step back from the demands of work and life and spend time learning new skills and building something together. As we prepare for this year's celebration, we want to know what you're hoping to do using this form. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, email the Riley Brothers.

April 7 Update: Schedule and Workshops

We wanted to share our placeholder schedule with you, as well as information about our workshops. As we've done in the past, we'll be pairing workshops together and you'll have a choice to make in each block. We encourage you to let us know which ones pique your interest so we can create a schedule that works for as many people as possible. Please visit this page to share your thoughts on which workshops most interest you!

1:15-2:30 pm - Workshop 1

2:45-4:00 pm - Workshop 2

4:15-5:30 pm - Workshop 3

5:45 - 7:45 pm - Dinner and Informal Workshops

8:00 - 9:00 - Workshop 4 (full group)

9:15-10:15 - Gift Exchange

10:30-11:30 - Showcase

Save the Date

In 2018, Friends' End Day will be celebrated on Saturday, May 5.

If you are interested and able to come, please complete this form. We'd like to know your suggestions for planning Friends' End Day, and we'll send you updates as the day approaches.

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