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Sing to Freedom: Music of the Underground Railroad

New Orleans, December 11

Presented by the New Orleans Arts Education Alliance & Community Works

Community Works and New Orleans Arts Education Alliance (ArtsEdALL) are partnering to present a professional learning workshop for teachers. “Follow The Drinking Gourd” is one of the many secret code songs used by runaways from slavery and their allies during the time of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. In this participatory workshop, learn to decode and sing this song and other traditional songs of the Freedom Train. In addition, teachers learn songwriting strategies to update period songs and compose new songs on freedom themes. Participants leave with Kim and Reggie Harris’ recording, Steal Away: Songs of the Underground Railroad, as well as a song-writing guide on CD and a certificate of completion.

This workshop was developed in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

Monday, December 11: 10:00am-1:00pm
Community Works: 3900 General Taylor, New Orleans, LA 70125

REGISTER HERE ($10 fee):  

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sing-to-freedom-music-of-the-underground-railroad-tickets-39092328206

About the Presenter

Dr. Kim R. Harris is a recording artist, teacher, composer and storyteller, traveling the nation, performing concerts, and lecturing on the music of the underground railroad and the modern civil rights movement. A founding artist in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Changing Education through the Arts program, Harris is an advocate for arts integration in learning. Steeped in the tradition of African American spirituals and the music of civil and human rights, she is recognized as a gifted leader of song and a passionate cultural advocate. Harris earned a PhD in worship and the arts from Union Theological Seminary. She composed Welcome Table: A Mass of Spirituals, along with composer and colleague, M. Roger Holland, II and wrote the libretto and collaborated with Wm. Glenn Osborne to compose the one-act family opera, Friends of Freedom: An Underground Railroad Story. Harris is a member of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and the North American Academy of Liturgy. She is liturgical consultant for the Archdiocese of New York Office of Black Ministry as well as a clinician for GIA Publications Inc.

Note: this training is presented by our colleagues and posted as a service to the field. Artist Corps New Orleans is not leading this training.

LITTLE KIDS ROCK provides instruments for a local classroom.

LITTLE KIDS ROCK provides instruments for a local classroom.

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Artist Corps New Orleans gives local music educators support they need, so they can focus their efforts on providing students with an excellent music education. Our team works to:

  • partner with national and local organizations and clinicians to offer professional development opportunities
  • provide on-site coaching from highly effective, experienced music educators
  • engage visiting artists in outreach to schools, coordinating with music educators to maximize impact
  • develop relationships with funders and music service organizations, connecting educators with resources for their classrooms
  • convene local and regional gatherings for music educators, buidling a larger community of practice
Artist Corps New orleans alumni and music educators nathan money (encore academy), rebecca crenshaw (homer a. plessy school) and david pulphus (Crocker college prep) with mentor and international leader in ARTS LEARNING, ERIC BOOTH.

Artist Corps New orleans alumni and music educators nathan money (encore academy), rebecca crenshaw (homer a. plessy school) and david pulphus (Crocker college prep) with mentor and international leader in ARTS LEARNING, ERIC BOOTH.

MUSIC EDUCATION COACH KAYA MARTINEZ MENTORS MUSIC TEACHERS.

MUSIC EDUCATION COACH KAYA MARTINEZ MENTORS MUSIC TEACHERS.

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info@artistcorpsnola.org.

Artist Corps New Orleans embodies what it means to be a music educator in New Orleans. Professional development and coaching sessions focus on the joy of music making, for both teacher and student. The networking opportunities allow educators and musicians to come together and celebrate individuality in a way that builds sustainable partnerships and provides quality experiences for students.
— Rebecca Crenshaw, Director of Arts at Homer Plessy School, Artist Corps Fellows Program Alum
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New Orleans MUSIC EDUCATORS gather FOR A dinner with Eric Booth to Discuss the global el sistema movement; related findings from his and tricia tunstall's book, PLAYING FOR THEIR LIVES; and HOW TO CREATE A LOCAL network of strings teachers in new orleans.