By sharing our stories and creating a common artistic expression, music and poetry are healers — tearing down the walls that separate us and beginning to heal the historical narratives that divide us by race, class, gender and sexuality.
Through the marriage of poetry and music, the language, culture, and lived experiences of each student group is enhanced by the other. Through artistic expression, they forge bonds that are long-lasting, educational and deeply moving for all involved.
In our increasingly hectic and driven world, it’s challenging for youth to feel heard and to find ways to express themselves. MAPS helps by giving them a voice through written poetry, music, and a shared experience. We hope to spark creativity and ignite a passion for human connection through art.
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When I think about how best to make the world a better place, I think about our students and opportunities for them. How can we bring them together to share their deepest feelings; joy, sadness, anger, love, fear, happiness, insecurity, loneliness, etc. without fear of retribution or judgement? There are two art forms that allow for total freedom of expression: Poetry and Music! They allow our students to write about whatever they feel and share those feelings with each other and the world. When writing either poetry or music, a student can fly – fly wherever they want. There are no bounds to conform to other than of their own making. Putting the two art forms together through the MAPS program leads to a magical student convening of creativity, community and learning.