MAPS Programs

Music and Poetry Synchronized

New York City and South Hadley, MA

The original MAPS program started in 2005.

Throughout the past 13 years over 400 students have participated from both New York City and South Hadley, MA.  Starting with the PS101 school in Harlem and more recently the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers/Innovations Diploma Plus high schools in Manhattan, students write the poetry and then pass these poems to high school music students at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in MA, who create the music and songs working with the poems created in NYC.  The students convene at both schools for creative collaboration, personal bridge building, and concerts.

Hartford, CT and Montpelier, VT

Program will launch in fall 2019.

This is a middle school program (7th & 8th grades) in which students in Hartford, CT will write poetry and then pass these poems at the end of the fall semester to the music students in the U-32 Middle School in Montpelier, VT. There will be school trips throughout the year from Hartford, CT to VT and from VT to Hartford so the students can come together around the creative process of collaboration, personal bridge building, writing completed songs and performance. This program will take place over the entire 2019/20 school year.

Puerto Rico and South Hadley, MA

Program will launch in fall 2019.

The Alcides Figueroa High School students in Añasco, Puerto Rico (PR) will be writing poems in the fall semester focusing on the trauma realized after Hurricane Maria.  The poems will then be passed to Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) music students and during a two-week independent study term in January 2020 will write songs incorporating the poetry from PR students.  In late January 2020 PVPA students will travel to PR and spend five days creatively collaborating and building personal bridges with the students in PR.  Together the students will perform concerts at both the Alcides Figueroa High School and in the Añasco public theater.