Jazz at Lincoln Center and Rockefeller Foundation Pair Up for School Tour
Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced a new education outreach program for students in disadvantaged schools. The program, “Jazz for Young People: The Resilient Cities Tour,” will connect live jazz performances to an American history curriculum, reaching 60 schools in five cities: Chicago; New Orleans; St. Louis; San Juan, P.R.; and Sydney, Australia.
An expansion of a partnership that was first forged in New York City public schools, the initiative will highlight jazz’s response to social struggle, with an emphasis on resilience.
“I couldn’t be more proud, as an educator and the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, that we are able to support innovative curricula that expands possibilities for young people,” Judith S. Rodin, the foundation’s president, said in a statement. “As we have seen with our support for ‘Hamilton,’ the musical, experiential learning is a proven — and critical — tool for enhancing public education and building urban resilience.
“Now with ‘Jazz for Young People’ we have another great opportunity to open up young minds by showing them how jazz has inspired hope in the face of adversity.”
by Nate Chinen
Source: New York Times