At the beginning of August, LiveConnections hosted the 8th year of our Percussion Studio summer camp. Percussionists Alex Shaw and Josh Robinson led a week of drumming with students from Freire Charter Middle School and Hill-Freedman World Academy, joined by guests Shavon Norris, movement artist; Yolanda Wisher, poet; and Andrew Lipke on keys and sound production.
So much of what the artists do during that week is make space for young people – space to try something new, space to express their own ideas, space to connect with each other.
Space that is safe, thoughtful, engaging. Space that is theirs.
There’s not room for ego when you’re making space. There’s not room for barriers or walls. Privilege and power need to move out of the way and make room for unheard voices to speak out.
Making space should be expansive. Open. Inviting.
And what did the young people from Freire and Hill-Freedman accomplish in that space?
Rising to meet challenges.
Thanks for supporting LiveConnections as we make space.
Asha stands onstage to recite her poem with music accompaniment from teaching artists Alex Shaw, Josh Robinson and Andrew Lipke.
A list of things that the students at the Percussion Studio wish to see more of in the world.
Bucket drums decorated with colorful duct tape sit on a table.