WE CAN DO THIS!
Final Day - THANK YOU so much to everyone who has given. We have until midnight. Only $4,318 left to go! If you would like to help us reach our goal, donate at http://www.musiconnects.org/cash-match-challenge.html
WE CAN DO THIS!
As of Sunday morning - $5,672 away from meeting the $10,000 match!! Help us keep chipping away!! Pledge at firstname.lastname@example.org, or donate here: http://www.musiconnects.org/cash-match-challenge.html
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far! We are chipping away at the challenge... We need to raise $6,222 in the next 3 days to receive an additional $10,000 that will go directly into programming. You Can Make This Happen! Every gift counts...
If you normally like to give through our Fall Appeal, pledge your gift now and double the impact!
We have until Monday the 15th of October to raise the remaining $6,222 to receive our $10,000 match! Donate HERE!
Cash Match Challenge Update - We have until Monday the 15th of October to raise the remaining $6,500 to receive a $10,000 match! If you usually give during our fall appeal, consider pledging now and your gift will double! Any gift in any amount counts! Donate here http://www.musiconnects.org/fall-match-challenge.html
“In it for the long haul.”
Welcome to our 12th season!
"In it for the long haul." This was how Monique, the mother of a young cellist, described musiConnects to The Boston Globe in 2017. Read the full article HERE.
As we begin our 12th season, I find myself returning to the idea of the “long haul.” At musiConnects, we're not looking for an easy win in order to claim success. Rather, year in and year out, we're refining our education programs, building structures to support our team of Resident Musicians, and thinking deeply about the long-term effects of growing a community of students, families, and professional musicians.
This year, approximately 63 students will continue to participate in free after-school instruction at Lena Park CDC, KIPP Mattapan, Mattahunt Community Center, and the Mattahunt Elementary School. An additional 30 students will continue to participate in lessons, offered on a sliding scale, at our rehearsal studio in Roslindale Village. Two especially exciting programming innovations include a "paper orchestra" to prepare the introduction of stringed instruments to our youngest participants, and a peer leadership group that will provide opportunities for our oldest students to increase their weekly involvement.
Meanwhile, when not working directly with students, our roster of professional musicians will be found performing chamber music in Mattapan and Roslindale. An experiment this year is to feature our seven Resident Musicians (staff bios here) in various arrangements and differently-sized ensembles, including but not limited to string quartets. We’re grateful to violinist Josh Addison, eight years into his musiConnects career, for agreeing to take on the role of Director of Artistic Planning, responsible for designing our season of flexible performances.
The most recent addition to our roster of Resident Musicians, please join me in welcoming cellist Francesca McNeeley, a graduate of Princeton and Rice Universities, and most recently, the New England Conservatory. Can't wait until her first live performance? You can view her performing a Beethoven sonata HERE.
At the same time that we warmly welcome Francesca, on behalf of all of us, I want to sincerely appreciate violinst Karl Orvik, cellist Jacques Lee Wood, and cellist Jaehee Ju for all of their important contributions—as educators, as performers, and as members of our community. We look forward to inviting them back as soon as possible as guest artists.
Organizationally, musiConnects is thriving. Our annual operating budget has grown significantly in recent years to reach approximately $260,000. Our good work has been rewarded with significant grants, including our first award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a renewal of a multi-year Creative Youth Development grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
To guide our efforts and to help us think strategically, our six-member board of directors has expanded to eight this year. Please join me in welcoming Ronald Goodman, Renee Hollins, Amy Inezian, and Kalya Murray. We can now count four parents of musiConnects students among our board members.
Strategically, we are looking to further weave our work into the fabric of the Mattapan neighborhoods that we serve. This requires intentionality throughout the organization. This means that our leadership—specifically our board—becomes more representative of the diversity of the local interests that we seek to represent. And this intentionality must also be present in our programming. A good example is the recent Request For Proposals, (see Blog entry on 9/4/2018), through which our Resident Musicians are looking for a Mattapan-based artist(s) to collaborate with on a performance project later this season.
Stepping back, when I look at where we started and where we have traveled in order to get to this 12th season, I'm extremely proud of our collective accomplishments. But I know that we're still only at the beginning of this adventure. Growing a community—like growing a garden—requires careful and consistent care and attention. Good thing that we're "in it for the long haul."
President, Board of Directors
It's that time again! The musiConnects annual kick-off registration ice cream social! Contact Liz Stefan at liz@musiConnects.org with any questions otherwise we'll see you there!
MATTAPAN COLLABORATIVE ARTS OPPORTUNITY
SEEKING PERFORMANCE PARTNERS
musiConnects, a non-profit community building music education and performance organization, is looking to partner with a Mattapan based independent artist or arts organization to create a unique collaborative performance piece which will integrate our professional violin, viola and cello musicians with other genres of music, visual or performing arts based in Mattapan.
Who We Are:
The mission of musiConnects is to model and teach self-expression, peer leadership and community development through the transformative power of chamber music. Our most intensive work is focused in the neighborhood of Mattapan and adjacent communities.
musiConnects began offering free music instruction and performance at the Chittick Elementary School in 2007. Since that time, musiConnects has been committed to contributing to this vibrant community through accessible performing and teaching activities.
What We Want to Achieve:
For the past 11 years, musiConnects has focused on building relationships in Mattapan through access to music education and performance, but as we enter our 12th season, musiConnects has identified deepening its commitment to this neighborhood as a priority. Our goal is to engage more meaningfully with Mattapan residents, including co-creating programming with existing cultural resources. While we have played for audiences in Mattapan, we have identified a clear vision to curate performances in collaboration with cultural organizations already active in the neighborhood and across genres.
What We Are Looking For:
An individual artist or arts and culture organization currently creating and performing in the Mattapan neighborhood who would be excited by the opportunity to collaborate with professional string musicians to create an experimental performance merging genres.
If you or your organization are interested in joining our professional string musicians in creating a fun and experimental performance experience to take place in Mattapan for the benefit of the greater Mattapan community, please contact email@example.com.
Exciting News! We are thrilled to announce that musiConnects has been chosen to receive a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grant to support a concert series featuring our Boston Public Quartet and three of Boston's refurbished street pianos!
This award will allow us to present 2 free community performances, a free student workshop and a culminating final performance all in the Mattapan & Dorchester neighborhoods. This grant will further support the re-tuning of 3 pianos originally used in the "Street Piano Boston" Project. Estimated dates of performances - Fall 2018. Stay tuned!
As we enter the second half of our 11th year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Founder, Betsy Hinkle, for her tireless commitment to providing quality music education and performance to neighborhoods of Boston often deprived of cultural programming.
Betsy recently decided to step out of the role of Artistic Director in order to focus on being with her newly expanded family. Fortunately for us, she will remain fully invested in teaching and performing with musiConnects.
While Betsy has only shifted her role with musiConnects, it seems a fitting time to thank her for her vision and creative spirit. We are so appreciative that we are a strong and healthy organization in the position to be able to grow smoothly--in large part because of Betsy's energy and conviction.
Because of Betsy's core belief in equality, over the past eleven years, hundreds of children have not only received free individualized instrument and chamber music training, but have also forged crucial friendships with the talented and caring body of professional musicians she has assembled.
Thank you Betsy, for all of your hard work and dedication and the Board and Staff look forward to creating musiConnect's next chapter together!