“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. 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. The Kennebunk Savings Bank has also contributed to the Team’s project at the level of Official Sponsors.
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 course “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.
If you are between grades 8 to 12 and are interested in learning more and/or wish to participate please complete, the Submission of Interest Form by Dec 31, 2020. Click here for the submission form https://forms.gle/oKAJaaLqTNCNwPWT9
Words of change matter