Wow, what a year 2017 has been for Sonic Arts For All. When I founded SAFA! in early 2016, I did so with the intention of answering a simple question: How can we bring the joy of digital music making to aspiring new performers/composers/producers of all ages? In these uncertain times, particularly in funding for the arts and for music education in NYC and beyond, what can we do as educators, artists, and technologists to provide new creative opportunities for those who want and need it most? In response, I am proud to say that Sonic Arts For All has continued to provide innovative new programming to a growing number of young music makers.
The Sonic Arts For All mission is simple: to bring accessible music technology education, performance, and production to the K-12 and special needs communities of New York City and beyond. This past year, we’ve been able to partner with several music technology developers and manufacturers, such as Korg, ROLI, Auxy, and Artiphon, as well as join with well-known electronic music venues in Brooklyn, such as The Lot Radio and Halcyon the Shop, to offer a unique music workshop experience to local communities.
This growth in available state-of-the-art equipment and in our carefully selected teaching artist staff, has allowed us to expand to five new program sites and workshop residencies in 2017 alone. Even more exciting, this has resulted in over 410 new songs and other recordings from our students, all available for free download on our Soundcloud site. From presenting at the capstone seminar for the Parsons Scholars Pre-College Program in February, to our work with middle and high schoolers with the Brooklyn College Community Partnership at both Midwood HS and IS 297 last Spring, to expanding our teaching practices to students with IEPs and on the autistic spectrum, 2017 has become the year of SAFA!
As this year comes to close, SAFA! continues to expand our reach and positive impact. In November, we had the pleasure of heading up to Kingston, NY where we hosted a hands-on hardware electronics workshop at the Everette Hodge Community Center in the downtown district. And we recently launched our third weekly program site at Kiddie Science in Lefferts Gardens, where we will be piloting a new curriculum includingSTEM-oriented electronic instrument building workshops.
None of this would be possible without the remarkable generosity of SAFA’s friends and supporters. Each tax-deductible contribution – large and small - ensures that we can continue to recruit dedicated teaching artist staff and develop exciting new programs, all while keeping costs low for students and their families. With your help we will also continue to strive towards our second phase of operations – SAFA! on wheels! - where we plan to convert an RV to a fully mobile recording studio and workspace to take our music-making and educational tours to all five boroughs and beyond.
This holiday season, please consider joining the Sonic Arts For All creative family by making a tax-deductible charitable contribution to SAFA! here. The process is quick and easy, and we really appreciate your generosity.
With best wishes to you and your family.
Founder & Director, Sonic Arts For All