Re-cap of our Experience

We spent 10 weeks in the Fall of 2008 working with boys at an MPS Transitional Corrections High School. Our goal was to expose them to drumming and visual art. To inspire them by working with us as artists. To explore ideas and approaches to by learning something new together. To teach them to jam together, that is – create improvisational music, through listening to each other and simply doing it.

Our theme became:
“Barack Obama” through the senses. After working together on our Obama pieces, we would drum.
KT and Tia also read poetry written by the Persian poet Hafiz and poetry written by Tashi, a Tibetan refugee youth living in India and friend of KT. We created art related to the chakras or energy centers of the body. We asked the kids to reflect on “What do you need to survive?” (1st chakra).
Who do you feel close to and why?” (2nd chakra)
“What makes you feel powerful?” (Third chakra)
Who or what inspires you? (4th chakra) and MORE!

Teaching these guys was sometimes a bit of a challenge. For example we would be greeted occasionally by “Go Home” and other unmentionable phrases. But inside, we know these guys are soft as cotton. We love their art and music and we wish them all the best.

So guys, if you happen to read this page – know that we are waiting to be invited to your high school graduation (you can collect your Tia and KT special treat!) and we wish each of you happiness and success. And we will be back in the Spring.

Some feedback from the youth:
“We will remember them old times with Tia and KT”
“Love the drumming”
“Love the hair do’s”

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