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Monday, February 17, 2014

Class Notes 2/12

Part 1
El Sistema- Rachel and Richard 

Rachel runs music works, a youth orchestra program here in NoLi, inspired by El Sistema. 

The motto of El Sistema: Tocar y Luchar- To play and to fight 

Program History 
- began in Venezuela in 1975 by Dr.Jose Antonio Abreu. He is a composer, conductor and economist. 
-believed music should be a right and not a privilege. 
- he started the program with 11 kids in a garage and has now served over 2 million children. 
- has been almost entirely funded by the government for 35 years and has survived 6 regime changes. 
- has turned into a system of orchestras including the Simon Bolivar tour of the world as well as a large system of national youth orchestra and choirs 
- instruments are provided at no cost
- everyone is a teaching artist 
- El Sistema programs are INTENSE. The Music Works program is from 2:30 until 5:00 pm everyday. 
- They have a musical and social mission 
- Tend to take place in unserved communities 
- Encourage peer mentoring 
- employ teaching artists 
- The El Sistema Program made its debut in the US when Gustavo Dudamel became the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 
- The New England conservatory also formed a partnership with El Sistema that brought the program to the East Coast. 
- Partnerships now include YOLA in LA, Orchkids in Baltimore,  the YOURS project with the People's Music School in Chicago. 

US Models of El Sistema 

- common models include school partnerships ( where a school hosts the program) , a community center model ( community center hosts program), a traditional youth orchestra model ( the youth orchestra partners with a school or community center to host the program. 
- The Lexington program is a hybrid of these - They are a program of the central kentucky youth orchestra system, but are hosted by Arlington Elementary and Embrace Church as well as the NoLi CDC.  Old Town Violins does repairs at kind and Bullhorn creative manages its PR. 

Tuesday March 4th at 7:30 at the Lyric there is a concert for free! Donations are appreciated! 

Part 2 
Steve Pavey 

- advocates for undocumented youth and their families by acting with them and allowing them to be the experts of their experience. 
- believes that the individual relationships he makes are victories 
-  Is a prisoner of hope because he is so engaged with his work. 

- The Dream Act - bill would provide conditional permanent residency to certain immigrants of good moral character who graduate from U.S. high schools, arrived in the United States as minors, and lived in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment. - Has never went into effect. 

- Families are also living in mixed degrees of citizenship, often causing separation of families for years. 

- $58,060 per year per person to lock up these individuals seeking to make their dreams come true in the US. 


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