Our volunteers are the life o' the party! 
Welcome everyone warmly and openly and radiate purple love. The duties are fairly simple but the reward is immeasurable. Wanna join the party?
Purple Playground Presents:
 Academy of Prince launches this August at High School for Recording Arts.  Teens from MPLS/ST.Paul will learn Prince history & compose & record their own songs. We can’t do it without your help!
“Don’t you miss the feeling music gave ya back in the day?”
We do too - and thanks to you we are doing something about it.

Purple Playground unites worldwide Prince fans and raises charitable donations to invest in music education programs for kids and the musicians of the future.
Wanna meet more fams and learn how you can help us with our mission and events?
N.E.W.S.
Prince fans hope to carry on his 'legacy of giving' via Purple Playground
Prince fans hope to carry on his 'legacy of giving' via Purple Playground
"With volunteers from all over the globe — plus $19,990 that it hopes to raise online — the Purple Playground is planning the inaugural Prince Academy at St. Paul’s High School for Recording Arts, scheduled Aug. 6-10."
Her Purple Playground’s majesty
Her Purple Playground’s majesty
“He loved kids, and he was always giving. So I thought a way to keep giving would be to bring people together in a sense of community again and raise money for kids’ music education to help everybody heal. We’ve got a small board of friends, and we’re just getting going.”
The Paisley 5 & Dime: Celebration 2018 kickoff at Gluek's!
Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 PM 
7:30pm till ???
Gluek's Restaurant and Bar
16 N 6th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
The Paisley 5 & Dime: Celebration 2018 kickoff at Gluek's!
Wednesday, April 18
7:30pm till ???
Gluek's Restaurant and Bar
16 N 6th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Dearly Beloved.... We are gathered here tonight to kick off Celebration 2018!
100% of ticket proceeds will be going to charities including: former PP artist Michael Van Huffel.
Featuring:
The Purple Xperience!!! Featuring Marshall Charloff
DJ Hightop (aka Alphonso Starr) spinning all your favorite Prince and Mpls related tunes....
Gangster Glam Skate Party
Thursday, April 19th, 2017
Noon till to 2pm
Roller Garden
5622 West Lake Street, St. Louis Park, MN
Gangster Glam Skate Party
Thursday, April 19th, 2017
Noon till to 2pm
Roller Garden
5622 West Lake Street, St. Louis Park, MN
Proceeds To Support Non Profit "Purple Playground Presents" Prince-inspired Youth Summer Music Program Currently In Development
WHO WE ARE
"Purple Playground envisions a world where Prince’s legacy of giving continues in perpetuity."
We formed our 501(c)3 nonprofit Purple Playground to honor Prince’s legacy and continue to give as he did - with funds from our events used to create music programs for teens. 

We raise funds through parties and events, workshops and panel discussions, selling merchandise created by fans, creating a membership program, and soliciting donations and grants. 
Board Members

Heidi Vader

“Prince taught me to dream big and dare to make my dreams a reality.”

Life-long Prince fan, accomplished saleswoman and energetic people person, Heidi helps heal other fans by celebrating his life with them. Out of that sentiment, and the desire to carry on his legacy of giving, Purple Playground was formed. 

Heidi’s prior nonprofit experience as a board member and marketing and volunteer coordinator for the Diverse Emerging Music Experience (DEMO), along with her purple passion, prepared her for this venture. Heidi also co-owns Child Development Review, which produces developmental screening and assessment tools for young children and has worked in the hospitality industry for decades.

Karen Ryan

“I really admire Prince’s genius. Seeing him truly being in the flow and honoring his gift and his talents to create timeless music and performances was amazing. True genius is a gift and it was a gift to have experienced his genius live and up close at Paisley Park/in concert AND through his albums. And thinking of his genius inspires me to find my gifts and nurture them, too.”

Karen Ryan grew up in Chanhassen, MN - the opening of Paisley Park in 1987 capped years of following the releases of her talented neighbor. Throughout college and an advertising career in Chicago, she never missed a concert when Prince came to town. She enjoyed her first Paisley Park shows in 2015 upon making her way back home.

Karen has also helped start other nonprofit organizations. She is a founding Board member of GiGi’s Playhouse Twin Cities, an achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. She lives in Chanhassen with her family, just 2 miles from Paisley Park.


Willie Adams

“I’m excited to bring my passion for education and purple funk to Purple Playground’s mission and keep the beautiful and precious legacy of Prince alive for generations.”

Willie is an educator, DJ, and vocalist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied the music of Prince and the “Minneapolis Sound” intensively since the 1980’s. From 1991-1996 he was a prominent college radio DJ and music director at KUCI FM in Irvine CA. While living in England, Willie was the voice for all the UK radio adverts for the Emancipation album in 1996-97. 

He is the Co-founder of the fan group Purple Funk SF and served as a history and humanities teacher, counselor, and dean of students. He has also taught and lectured at the University of California Monterey and he’s created and ran enrichment programs for underserved youth.
NOTE: We are created for fams, by fams, and “the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson is not affiliated, associated, or connected with Purple Playground, nor has it endorsed or sponsored Purple Playground. Further, the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson has not licensed any of its intellectual property to Purple Playground.”
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