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Music and Poetry Synchronized

MAPS strives to foster a community of inclusion and support for all and we want to stand in solidarity with our Black and Brown students, educators, administrators, and community members.

We see you, we hear you and we want you to know:
your lives matter to us all; your future matters; your safety matters.

We will continue to implement anti-racist and culturally responsible practices within the MAPS programs and organization as we equitably grow and learn together.

We need music, poetry and all the arts now more than ever and will continue working to nourish our communities through elevating the voices of those most marginalized.

THE PROGRAM

Music and Poetry Synchronized (MAPS) teaches middle and high school students of differing races, classes, cultures and genders to write poetry and music in preparation for a public concert at the end of the program term. Each MAPS class takes place through a partnership with two different schools in two different states and runs throughout a full year. In the fall semester, English students from one school create poetry from their life stories. In the spring, those poems are then sent to the partner school, where music students spend the semester turning them into heartfelt original pieces of music. Both schools participate in creating visual art inspired by the poetry and music.

THE FACTS

Educational experiences infused with the arts help students:

  • develop critical and creative skills necessary for today’s workforce
  • improve school attendance
  • score higher on achievement tests
  • lessen dropout rates
  • convey complex feelings and intent where speaking the words alone would have little effect

THE WHY

Students need to learn healthy ways to have civil discourse on controversial topics. MAPS brings together students from diverse backgrounds to unite, share and create with one another. Marrying poetry, music and visual arts creates an artistic expression that forges long-lasting, education and deeply moving bonds for all involved. Through artistic expression, they forge bonds that are long-lasting, educational and deeply moving for all involved.

THE CONTEXT

Music is a universal language that unites disparate peoples through shared cultural norms, rituals and expression. Through music, people tap into their ancestral roots to celebrate life’s cycles, express emotion, create culture and communicate with spirit. Concurrently, combining poetry, music and visual arts serves as a language that bridges between people who otherwise would have a hard time communicating. People from diverse backgrounds can unite by sharing a common experience even though their realities might be dramatically different from one another.

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Our Impact

Our Vision

Building a world where all students have the freedom to be creative, be heard, be understood and be respected.

“The music aspect of it is kind of like…pick some chords, throw them together on a keyboard or guitar…then start adding harmonies, and that’s about it. It’s like writing any other song–just with words that aren’t your own.”

Scarlet Feliciano