Sarah works with Music Therapy International as the
Country Director in Kenya. She leaves for Nairobi
in October to serve as the Director of Music Therapy
at the Mother Theresa Home for abandoned children
The purpose of Sarah’s residency is to teach the youth involved in Learning Lab this project is beautiful, exciting and worthwhile experiences can be created out of things that appear to be ugly. She will accomplish this by working alongside kids to create music out of percussive instruments made from found objects. These objects include all metals, glass, wood, and other durable materials.
The youth will gather at PlatteForum on Aug. 23 to begin the project. Sarah will be joined by Bruce Kennedy, a “found object” artist, who will help facilitate the technical aspects of putting the instruments together. Once the instruments have been assembled, Sarah will work with the youth with the help of professional percussionists to begin creating the music. Over the course of the following week, the youth will gather at PlatteForum to practice improvising the music through non-verbal cues.
David Akombo, the founder and Director of Music Therapy International will be on hand to teach the youth some cultural folk music from Kenya. Mr. Akombo has studied ethnomusicology, music education and music healing.
An “arts pals” relationship will be developed between the Denver and the Kenyan youth during Sarah’s stay in Nairobi.
Local filmmaker Donnie L. Betts will document the youth’s creative process throughout the week at PlatteForum as well as the concluding reception. He and his cinematographer will then travel to Kenya throughout the year to focus on the healing power of music with the children in the Mother Theresa home, and their relationship with the youth in Denver.
On August 30th at 5:30 p.m. the public “junk jam session” will be held in the Riverfront plaza at PlatteForum. The event will consist of the outside improvisational concert put on by the youth, which will evolve into a jam session in which the public will be encouraged to participate. Everyone will then move indoors for light refreshments and talks by Sarah, Mr. Akombo, Mr. Betts, and the youth about their experiences. This reception will also serve as a fundraiser for Sarah’s trip to Kenya.