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This blog post is also connected to my blog at The Huffington Post. "You work and work and fight and struggle and all the time, you're dreaming of this moment when it's all going to happen, when people will listen to your opinions and team up to make your ideas happen. I'm in that moment right now and it's unbelievable. Everything I've worked so hard for is coming together right now," says Derrick Ashong, activist, social entrepreneur, and front man to the band Soulfège - who has recently caught the eye of Oprah Winfrey. A couple of years ago, things looked a bit more challenging for Ashong. He’d organized a record deal and international tour for Soulfege. All eight bandmates had let go of their apartments and day jobs. And a week before they were supposed to go on tour, the venture fell through. “So it looked like my whole band, including me, had to start from scratch and it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at Community Marketing Blog
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“We look at each student, not as a deficit to be fixed, but as an asset to be nurtured and developed,” whispered Margaret Martin, founder of the Harmony Project, as I tried to keep pace with her determined, long-limbed stride between the classrooms of the stunning L.A. County High School for the Arts. This was early on a Saturday morning in October and, rather than high-school students gracing the halls, middle-school students from the Harmony Project were availing themselves of the futuristic building’s state-of-the-art acoustics, performing classical music and jazz for their poor, mostly immigrant families. In one room, exhilarated ‘tweens demonstrated the concept of improvisation. In another, they taught their hesitant parents to play a song on their own classical instruments. Outside, a gaggle of youth beat out a heart-thumping rhythm on overturned buckets. While we buzzed from venue to venue, I noticed two things: 1.) In every room, Margaret’s laser-like gaze trained on the kids’ reactions – what excited them, moved them, made them laugh. 2.) Margaret doesn’t stop for anyone. Without her telling me, I knew she expected me to match her clip, absorb everything she told me, and eventually write about what I had seen. I was happy to oblige. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Community Marketing Blog
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“We look at each student, not as a deficit to be fixed, but as an asset to be nurtured and developed,” whispered Margaret Martin, founder of the Harmony Project, as I tried to keep pace with her determined, long-limbed stride between the classrooms of the stunning L.A. County High School for the Arts. This was early on a Saturday morning in October and, rather than high-school students gracing the halls, middle-school students from the Harmony Project were availing themselves of the futuristic building’s state-of-the-art acoustics, performing classical music and jazz for their poor, mostly immigrant families. In one room, exhilarated ‘tweens demonstrated the concept of improvisation. In another, they taught their hesitant parents to play a song on their own classical instruments. Outside, a gaggle of youth beat out a heart-thumping rhythm on overturned buckets. While we buzzed from venue to venue, I noticed two things: 1.) In every room, Margaret’s laser-like gaze trained on the kids’ reactions – what excited them, moved them, made them laugh. 2.) Margaret doesn’t stop for anyone. Without her telling me, I knew she expected me to match her clip, absorb everything she told me, and eventually write about what I had seen. I was happy to oblige. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Community Marketing Blog
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Lucia Brawley is really excited to have been chosen to compete in the Community Marketing Blog-Off. Please follow my blog posts between now December 12 -- help me get a lot of traffic, so I can win a great deal of publicity for my blogs about arts education! I will also be cross-promoting the Community Marketing Blog with my Huffington Post blog, by posting my own pieces, as well as excerpts of other contestants. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2009 at Community Marketing Blog
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Dec 1, 2009