EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 

Global Jazz Women

Facilitating networks of women working to give girls access to safe and empowering jazz education, and providing opportunities for women to play and be visible in the jazz community. Our first initiative brought 3 jazz women player/instructors from South Africa and Botswana to speak and play in New Orleans and New York City. These women designed and run a girls jazz camp, Jazz Camp for Female Instrumentalists Mamelodi and a music school back home. Future projects include support for girls and women connected with JCFI Mamelodi and a performance series of women-led groups.

 
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Young Music Mentors

Helping to keep music instruction affordable and creating future music leaders: working with underserved populations, the YMM program trains serious teenage musicians to teach younger kids in their community, providing paid jobs with training for the teens and free lessons for their young students.

 

Visionary Youth Orchestra

In partnership with Arts for Art, the Visionary Youth Orchestra program gives under-served musicians from diverse backgrounds, ages 11 to 18, opportunities to strengthen their understanding and skill as Free Jazz improvisers, ensemble members, composers, and performers. Under the direction of Jeff Lederer and Jessica Jones, VYO provides an environment for young musicians to learn, interpret, discuss and perform the works of Anthony Braxton, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, and other Free Jazz luminaries.  We teach young musicians to conceptualize music aurally and through traditional and graphic notation as they collectively explore the vast possibilities of rhythm, form and sound.

 

Moon Turtle Medicine Wheel 

Moon Turtle Medicine Wheel is presented with the assistance of the REVA, Inc. Public Art program.

The Moon Turtle Medicine Wheel Project intends to be a utilitarian sculpture inviting people to honor and commemorate native peoples, culture and wisdom. Nestled in Ulster County NY at the base of the Shawangunk ridge and directly connected to theWalkill Valley Rail Trail, the Moon Turtle Medicine Wheel project offers people a space to reconnect with nature and our collective history. Designed by scholar and Native American, Evan Pritchard, its use will be for education, community meetings, ceremonies, performances and as a general resource open to the public for study and contemplation.

Physically, the Moon Turtle Medicine Wheel is a circular 60 by 90 foot blue stone sculpture located within a maple grove.