Gemeinschaft Home residents provide the lyrics...local bands and college students bring the music. The Sunday evening concert featured a collaboration between James Madison University students studying social work and music and Gemeinschaft Home residents.
Harrisonburg, VA - On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Gemeinschaft Home residents joined students and faculty from James Madison University, as well as bands from around the region, at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts to present a concert featuring songs and lyrics created during a year-long collaboration.
In summer 2017, faculty of the School of Music and Department of Social Work initiated a project funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, "Transitioning & Traversing: Stories and Songs of Incarceration, Equity, Justice, and Community," which brought undergraduates together with residents in a music-based storytelling project.
Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, students came once a week--on Monday evenings--to Gemeinschaft Home and worked with residents through an eight-week program to write music and lyrics about their life stories and experiences.
The purpose of the collaboration was to foster community involvement, promote music as therapy practices, and to raise awareness about the experiences and issues surrounding incarceration.
More information about the grant as well as the project itself can be found in the following video:
The following videos from the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts feature a combination of Gemeinschaft Hone residents, JMU students and faculty, as well as local bands performing song and lyrics created during the collaboration.