Big update: I am now partially-embedded in the Boston Police Department as an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) with the City of Boston!
My project, Code Listen, seeks to prototype ways that music can support healing and dialogue on topics of gun violence, race and law enforcement practices. I will collaborate with the Boston Police Department, Teen Empowerment, and other community organizations to bring police officers and teens together to share their personal experiences through songwriting and collaborative music-making. I will also work with Officer Marivelle Crespo, victims/witness resource officer in the Homicide Unit to offer music performances to families affected by gun violence, for memorials, vigils, and to raise public awareness of the toll of gun violence.
Feels incredible to have this honor and opportunity, given the fantastic and inspiring ten proposals that were presented January 23. I am really excited to be in the first AIR cohort with L'Merchie Frazier and Georgie Friedman, two artists I admire greatly.
It's been quite a whirlwind journey to get here - through a fall of workshops with City employees, several weeks of agonizing creative soul-searching, and barely squeaking past a sense of failure and throwing in the towel right before my proposal deadline...
I'm grateful for the many many friends who listened generously and gave me support and feedback so I could create a proposal I believed in!