Nepali Girls Fight Indentured Servitude with Street Theater

17 01 2011

Street Theater for Indentured Children

In Nepal, a movement to end the centuries-long practice of kamlari, indentured servitude for girls from poor families, is underway. And kamlari survivors and advocates are leading the way, by taking to the streets with show-stopping demonstrations in the form of musical street theater. Can street theater end a form of slavery that’s been entrenched in Nepali society for centuries?  READ FULL ARTICLE from


Music to empower the youth

25 10 2010


“AFP Photographer Roberto Schmidt photographed kids involved in a project in Korogocho, Nairobi called “Ghetto Classics” that uses music to empower the youth there. The brass band group is comprised of some 25 kids that only gets to practice every two weeks as the musical instruments they use are borrowed and there are not enough funds to pay the band director more often. The Ghetto Classics Project is a partnership between the Art of Music and the Kutoka Network – a network of parishes and organizations working in the urban slums, working to creates policies and new plans to help slum dwellers work their way out of poverty. Its purpose is to use music education to provide youth living in the slum with opportunities to better themselves and their community by giving them life skills that come with the discipline of studying art music.

Click to view images and watch a video of Ghetto Classics by MSNBC.

The Spiritual Significance of Music

28 01 2010

The spiritual significance of Musicby Dr. J. Nathan Corbitt. This article appears in the Spiritual Significance of Music.

What is the spiritual significance of music? Music has the power to transcend the mundane. Through the musical experience one enters into the presence of Otherness–A presence that unifies outside of the boundaries of self, race, class, and difference.

Allow me to give an example. Several years ago, BuildaBridge, an arts-education and intervention organization I co-founded in 1997, was providing a summer concert series in a local homeless shelter in Philadelphia… Read the rest of this entry »

Why the Arts?

28 01 2010

Transforming ArtsMost people’s concept of the arts is that of passive enjoyment. They think the arts are a luxury only available to the wealthy.

But for the rest of us, art is something different. For those of us who dance to feel liberated, or write poetry in order to live… For those of us who have smeared paint with children who speak a language different from our own… and for those of us who have witnessed people overcome addictions through the rhythmic beating of drums… we know art is more. We know art transforms.

If you’ve never thought of the arts as being quite important, perhaps it is time to reconsider… Read the rest of this entry »