Music Connects NYC bring leading performers of diverse musical traditions from around the world to middle school students in Brooklyn.
Since the 1990s, the United States and New York City, in particular, has experienced the largest wave of immigration in history. As immigrants settle into new lives here, their children face the risk of losing their connection to their unique cultural heritage.
The pressure on their children to assimilate their musical tastes is intense and can become a part of a wider cultural gulf often experienced between older and younger members of immigrant families. Such conflicts are often the source of youth isolation, loss of connection with community and loss of cultural identity.
CTMD designed and implemented Sharing Traditions to reach out effectively to the youth residing in New York City’s growing immigrant and ethnic communities, to educate young people about the extraordinary artistic traditions within their culture, to provide a supportive environment for the study and celebration of these traditions and to empower young people through self-realization.
CTMD formally initiated the Sharing Traditions program in the late 1990s, and has implemented intensive, ongoing classes and workshops for youth in the Mountain Jewish, Bukharan Jewish, Indo-Caribbean, Mexican, Peruvian, Colombian, Chinese and Ukrainian Communities.
Sharing Traditions is supported by Con Edison, the Gilder Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.
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The Mariachi Academy of New York is devoted to preserving the rich heritage of Mariachi to youth in New York and performances for community-based and general audiences. The organization works to develop the participants’ skills in musical training, discipline, creativity and self-esteem while strengthening language, team working skills and a strong sense of identity.
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