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Community Artist Fellows Serve in Creative Ways

New vlogs from the 2020–21 fellows detail activities with Penn Memory Center, All-City Orchestra, and more.

 

Recent Curtis graduates bring their artistry to underserved communities in Philadelphia through the Curtis Community Artist Fellowship. Fellows are placed in existing partnerships between Curtis and institutions such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and rehabilitation centers, and are able to continue their vital performance careers while serving the community. Throughout their year of service, each fellow will take leadership of a specific project and participate in community work involving students in Curtis’s Social Entrepreneur course.

Applications for 2021–22 Community Artist Fellowships are open to Curtis alumni through February 1. 

Ted Babcock (Timpani and Percussion ’15) manages projects at the Penn Memory Center, where patients suffering from degenerative memory diseases and their caregivers participate in weekly classes and collaborative composition projects. Curtis’s partnership with the Penn Memory Center explores the effects of music-making on cognitive facility and quality of life and provides opportunities for social interactions. Under Mr. Babcock’s direction, Curtis musicians perform selections and introduce class members to instrument groups. He also leads group activities designed for patients to create narratives about their lives, which will be turned into new compositions by Curtis students.

 

 

While distance learning continues in Philadelphia, Mr. Babcock will support Hanul Park (Community Artist Fellow ’20), who is serving as an itinerant music teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. This support includes the creation of short educational videos to be used in lessons and synchronous online instruction. He will also lead sectionals and interactive performances for students in the All City Orchestra.

Justin Goldsmith (String Quartet ’20) continues Curtis’s sustained activities with Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, which provides for both the emotional and physical needs of people experiencing homelessness in the Philadelphia area, through virtual and live-streamed interactions.  Mr. Goldsmith directs performances and video chats designed to connect live music to the humanity and experiences of the mission’s guests. Additionally, guests work with Curtis musicians to create collaborative projects drawing on their own artistic expression, often through original poetry.

 

 

While distance learning continues in Philadelphia, Mr. Goldsmith will support Louis Russo, who is serving as an itinerant music teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. This support includes the creation of short educational videos to be used in lessons and synchronous online instruction.