A chance for the Atlanta Music Project to be recognized in the national spotlight! A special gift that would literally change the way we do business forever! An opportunity for our young artists to perform with a star! BUT – there is one catch…you can’t tell anyone until it happens!
This is the situation that has been my life for the last few months over here at the Atlanta Music Project. It started months ago when I decided to nominate our Executive Director to be a featured guest on Knock Knock Live...
Continue reading the blog post by Aisha Bowden (Sistema Fellow '12) about the big surprise for Dantes Rameau (Sistema Fellow '10) and the Atlanta Music Project by clicking here.
I have been told by many that travel helps to inspire new ideas and ways of thinking, and even before this trip to London, I would have to agree. Being in a place that is not your home, seeing people and landscapes (even urban ones) that you don’t see every day, hearing new sounds, voices, accents, and languages, quite literally changes your point of view on your life and the work you do.
This trip abroad has gone above and beyond. From a qigong and meditation session to the Parthenon at the British Museum, a huge Sonia Delaunay art exhibit to Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and work that is starting to become familiar but always manages to teach me something new in the form of the Creative Music Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, I feel like a completely different person as I return to Chicago, and the music we created together as a group is a reflection of that.
Inspiration came in many different ways while I was in London, but the foremost was my work at Guildhall. I got the chance to work again with Natasha Zielazinski and Detta Danford, and some other familiar faces from Boston and Baltimore, as well as people I had not ever met before. Honestly, at first I was afraid I wouldn’t get as much out of the experience because I knew so many people there already, but I actually got the opportunity to make new music with just the adults doing the course. The fact that I was familiar to the workshop leaders helped me to have more of a leadership role, and I love Natasha and Detta’s continual spirit of inquiry. Their constant ways of working together and with others on many different kinds of projects inspired me to be able to do the same. This gave me my first charge upon returning to Chicago: spend time making music with my colleagues, and find ways to make new music on a regular basis.
The August edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond, including an essay about public funding by Katie Wyatt (Sistema Fellow '10)and an essay about collaborative composition by Clara Yang (Sistema Fellow '14), is found here.
I am pleased to announce that, starting in September 2015, NEC will offer a brand new two-part course about designing community-based residencies through its School of Continuing Education.
Building on curriculum developed specifically for the Sistema Fellows Program (2009-2014), the goal is to help local musicians, including NEC alumni and current graduate students, learn how to develop a holistic understanding of the nuances of creating a successful and sustainable community-based artistic initiative.
Participants will begin by designing a project that reflects their personal and unique artistic and/or educational vision, and is based in an existing community of their choosing. Over the course of the semester, participants will continuously refine their ideas as they incorporate new information that will expand, deepen, and strengthen their concept. As they learn about specific aspects of nonprofit organizations—both strategic (e.g. mission and vision) and operational (e.g. budgeting and fundraising)—these will become incorporated into participants’ blueprints for organizations to support their initiatives.
In addition, I will be piloting a second Continuing Education course, El Sistema Survey (Investigating Music Education for Social Change), that is, similarly, based on the curriculum that was developed and refined over the five years of the Sistema Fellows Program.
In this course, along with learning about El Sistema in Venezuela, participants will select a local organization that provides arts education to youth as a vehicle for social change, and research how the organization successfully fulfills its mission. This research, conducted through interviews and site visits, includes investigation of curriculum and pedagogy, and exploration of organizational structure and culture. For their final project, participants will determine what changes are necessary in order to make their selected organization align more completely with El Sistema’s essential elements.