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MAPS Programs

Music and Poetry Synchronized

Covid 19 Response

With the help of Google Suite and an online audio workstation, Soundtrap, MAPS is functioning 100% remotely for all of our programs.

New York, NY & South Hadley, MA

Throughout the past 15 years, hundreds of 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 (PVPA) 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, writing completed songs and performing together.

Hartford, CT & Montpelier, VT

This is a middle school program (7th & 8th grades) in which students at the Milner Middle School in Hartford, CT 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. Normally there would be virtual student gatherings throughout the year between Hartford, CT and Montpelier, VT so the students can come together around the creative process of collaboration, personal bridge building, writing completed songs, creating art, and performing together. Because of Covid 19, U-32 will not participate this school year so the Milner School will create the poetry, music and art. U-32 will rejoin in fall of 2021.

Añasco, PR & South Hadley, MA

The Alcides Figueroa High School students in Añasco, Puerto Rico (PR) are writing poems in the 2020 fall semester focusing on their personal lives and life in Puerto Rico. The poems will be passed on to Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) music students in December and during a three-month independent study term starting in January 2021, they will write songs incorporating the poetry from the PR students. Due to Covid 19, this year’s program is happening virtually so the poets will be videotaped in Puerto Rico and share out their performances. These poems will become part of the spring/early summer PVPA/AFS virtual concert. The students will get together online throughout the year around the creative process, personal bridge building, writing completed songs, creating art, and performing together.

Hartford, CT & Northampton, MA

This is a new high school program (9th – 12th grades) in which students at the Bulkeley High School in Hartford, CT write poetry in the fall semester and then pass these poems on to the music students in Northampton High School in Northampton, MA to be created into songs. There will be virtual student gatherings throughout the year between Hartford, CT and Northampton, MA so the students can come together around the creative process of collaboration, personal bridge building, writing completed songs, creating art, and performing together. This program launched in the 2020/21 school year.