“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”
The Racial Unity Team of NH has been granted $7,500 by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to deliver a program that gives youth support in creating songs of community. The Kennebunk Savings Bank has also contributed to the Team’s project at the level of Official Sponsors. Participants may apply the genres of spoken word, rap, hip hop, or lyrics to songs in a creation of their own to express the value of our racially diverse population. We’re also pleased to join Exeter High School as “artists in residence” to begin working in the classroom on this exciting collaborative project.
As with community and protest songwriters of the past, the young composers will critique what needs repair, then use music as a universal, non-threatening language through which to share what they know best, their own stories and what they see happening around them. The course seeks their creative vision of a world without racism.
Students will be asked to add new lines to classic songs to adapt them to today’s oppressions and the changes they want to see. Then they’ll be asked, “What has stood in your way or your friend’s way to becoming the best you/ they can be? What would the road to justice and fairness look like?”
Creative visioning in the project “Spoken Word and Song Writing for Social Change” will counter current racist commentary heard in newscasts. Student truths revealed in lyrics and poetry have the potential to tear down stereotypes, open our hearts and imaginations toward understanding the ways we under-serve black and brown citizens. This “Arts in Health NHSCA Project Grant” can open eyes to see how we grow stronger with equitable resources, how we all benefit when everyone is given the chance to grow and thrive in school, workplace, town and neighborhood.
Those interested in hearing more about the class and/or having interest in joining this class should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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A fresh and innovative voice in music and digital content, Kevin Writer is Los Angeles-based as a music supervisor and producer. With a keen ear for musical color and the ability to redesign structural elements from popular music into symphonic idiom, Kevin brings dedication to the producer's intent, respect for his musician colleagues, and a spirit of collaboration with each
composer and filmmaker he meets.
Samples of work: www.facebook.com/dougandthebugs
Doug Holzapfel immersed himself in the music industry in Los Angeles as a songwriter and music producer. He has worked with numerous recording artists and major labels creating works in styles ranging from pop and hip hop to rock and jazz. He scored TV shows for DreamWorks and Netflix and earned a platinum record for his contributions to the DreamWorks' feature film Trolls.
Courtney Marshall, PhD, posted on her Facebook page: “I am a Black feminist fitness instructor and high school English teacher. Let’s get free!”
Courtney leads dialogues on race, gender, and social justice issues and is an advocate for - and writer on - prison reform. She was a facilitator for the UNH MLK Leadership Summit for students and has run literacy groups at the Berlin, NH, Correctional Facility in hopes of improving prison life by bringing literature to inmates. Over the years as a professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at UNH, and as an English teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy.
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Randy Armstrong is a renowned performer and recording artist. He was the director of the African Drumming and World Percussion Ensemble and faculty instructor for North Indian sitar and tabla at Phillips Exeter Academy from 1991-2020 and has taught World Music at Plymouth State University for the Graduate Studies Integrated Arts Program.
The song, I HAVE A DREAM, was inspired by a series of important life events. It was my humble effort to give voice to the inspirational vision of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr in these troubled and changing times.
Listen to his work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ryXm8byxW0
Reggie Harris generates courageous conversations getting us to do deep thinking on issues, build our self-awareness and use our voices to advocate for peace and justice.
A master storyteller, musician and educator, he is affiliated with The John F. Kennedy Center’s “Partners in Education” program. His impressive work over decades with students and teachers has aided in the expansion and enhancement of curriculum standards for all grade levels. Mentored by foremost authority on the Underground Railroad Dr. Charles Blockson, Reggie is one of the premier interpreters of the use of music in historical movements for social change.
As a musician and social justice advocate, Sylvia served as project manager of “Culture Keepers | Culture Makers”, a project team that created an art show and panel discussion on how art changes lives. The works were displayed at Racial Unity Day and Seacoast NH libraries to build awareness of racism and to envision our community without racism.
Recently retired from UNH’s Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity, Sylvia designed programs to build self-awareness, inspire policy changes, and honor diversity as a community value across campus – in classroom, curriculum, and campus life. She teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at UNH.
Adam Krauss is the Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Coordinator at Exeter High School following several years teaching U.S. history and government. He is active with the Seacoast Educators for Equity and N.H. Leaders for Just Schools.
Kristina Peterson has been teaching English at Exeter High School since 2008.
Kristina has a Masters in teaching.
Kristina also teaches in the UNH Writers Academy, mentors future and current teachers, writes SEL curriculum for the Emozi program, and is the Secretary of the New Hampshire Council of Teachers of English.
Dennis Magliozzi has been teaching English at Exeter High School since 2008.
Dennis has an MFA in poetry and is currently enrolled in the Philosophy of Education program at UNH.
Hope Bowen is a junior at UNH where she is majoring in English and minoring in political science. Her work at the Dover Teen Center finds her mentoring, tutoring, and encouraging leadership skills. The Center is a national role model for prevention, funded by the local Police Department, and Hope has impressive success stories about the work being done in this community-building facility.
As an intellectual, a strong advocate for social and systemic change, and an aficionado and writer of hip hop, she brings much to our grant project.
Timothy Cremmen graduated from The New England Institute of Art with an A.S. in Radio and Broadcast Television and began his career working in community television in 2004. He became the Assistant Program Director in 2005 and won two Telly awards for Outstanding Programming. In 2015, Timothy began working as the Television Coordinator at Berwick Community Television. In 2017 Timothy become the Manager of Newmarket Channel 13 and joined Exeter TV as a videographer.
A founding member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Racial Unity Team. Ken's volunteer work touches many New Hampshire social justice organizations and school districts, as well as the NH State Board of Education, Governor’s Office, and the Legislature.
His role as a Community Change Agent is to lay the foundation for developing racial understanding and to
promote growth of a new generation of Granite Stater's recognizing the value of diversity in community quality of life and to help one another learn how to speak up for justice.