About Sound ‘N Vision

shown with her gamelon ngoni, handmade by Tani Diakite

shown with her gamelon ngoni, handmade by Tani Diakite

Visual Artist, Expressive Arts coach

Visual Artist, Expressive Arts coach

KT Rusch and Tia Richardson started working together in the Fall of 2008 in which Tia was invited by KT to be a guest artist during an 8-10 week workshop at an MPS Transitional Correctional High School for boys. KT’s background as a musician and songwriter (she plays percussion, electric bass and Ngoni – a west african stringed instrument) combined with Tia’s visual art background (painting, drawing) made for a workshop that blended sound and vision. They created drumming circles and self-esteem collages themed around President Obama, and painted and restored old drums with the boys. After working together on the art, everyone drummed together. 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.

The response from staff and the boys was so overwhelmingly positive they decided it would be fun and worthwhile to create a platform for further work together in MPS and beyond. They gave their workshop the name “Sound ‘N Vision”.

Their goal is to expose youth to drumming and visual art. To inspire youth by working with them as artists. To explore ideas and approaches by learning something new together. To teach youth to jam together, that is – create improvisational music, through listening to each other and simply doing it. They are able to adapt the program to a variety of age groups and needs.

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