2008 Grantees

Jubilation Foundation Organizational Grantees

Downtown Greens - Fredericksburg, VA

Founded in 1985, Downtown Greens is an out-reach facility which stimulates personal and community growth by involving individuals in a community garden, a 3 acre area (formerly used as a neighborhood dump) located in a low-income housing district. This grant will help build community through support Marenje, a children's outdoor performance marimba group. Classes will be twice a week, from November 2007 through March 2008. Money will be used to pay for instructors, marketer, videographer, a bass marimba and T-shirts, bringing sonic goodness to their little paradise.

Turning the Wheel - national program based in Boulder, CO

Since 1989, Turning the Wheel has worked with youngsters of diverse backgrounds, often inner-city and "last chance" high schools, to encourage creative self-expression using dance and theater as teaching tools, as experts work with non-experts in residencies over a several weeks to several months period. This grant will expand Turning the Wheel's outreach in Missoula, MT, Lawrence/Andover, MA, and Cedar Rapids, IA, with the communities' production of Nearly Invisible.

Roots of Music - New Orleans, LA

The Roots of Music has a vision of great proportions, matching the need in New Orleans. Despite its place in the U.S. as the headwaters for jazz, there are no current programs to address the need for consistent, year-round instruction for children 9-14 with no prior training. With a two pilot programs under their belt, Roots is offering an after-school program for the 2008-09 school year, 2 hours per week per day, aiming for 3 levels of instruction, with advanced students auditioning for the citywide Root Crusaders marching band, creating a ripple effect of joy as they march with the Krewe of Bacchus in Mardi Gras 2009. This $10,000 grant will go to pay for teachers.

Ethos Music Center - Portland and rural Oregon

The mission of Ethos Music Center is to promote music and music-based education for youth in underserved communities. Through strategic community partnerships, Ethos has reached thousands of students through work at their headquarters in Portland and through two programs: Music Corps, an urban outreach that sets up after-school classes, workshops at schools and community centers, and Music Across Oregon, bringing year long residencies to rural schools throughout Oregon. This grant will support in-school music camps in the towns of Boardman, Irrigon, and Elkton and two week-long residencies in Portland.

Attitudinal Healing - Oakland, CA

Founded in 1989, Attitudinal Healing works to eliminate violence by supporting creative and educational programs in West Oakland. One of its founders is Kokomon Clottey, drummer, Ghanian and author of Mindful Drumming, who also directs the ArtEsteem program which served approximately 3,000 children in the 2007-2008 school year. With this grant, they will expand their Cultural Arts program: purchase 50 drums, 100 uniforms and provide 25 weeks of drumming skills and emotional literacy for 100 students, working toward synchrony and inclusion.

Jubilation Foundation Fellows

Each of these extraordinary people received a $5000 Fellowship.

Tasana Camara
Mr. Camara comes from a long line of Griot musicians in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa. He founded Group Laiengee, an ensemble comprised of children with significant disabilities who live and perform in Conakry. He has been using his expertise in the United States at the Sidney Lanier Center, a public school in Gainsville, Florida for students with severe disabilities, at which he assists the school's community music program. His approach offers children a way to regain success and offer value to their community through rhythms, singing, and dance. This fellowship will allow Tasana Camara to stay at Sidney Lanier as well as help support his family and ensemble in Conakry.

Steve Swell
Steve Swell wears many hats. He's a sophisticated trombonist and composer, having played and recorded with Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, as well as avant-garde players like Anthony Braxton and Jemeel Moondoc. Yet he also has an extraordinary capacity to translate skills to young people with little or no experiences, recently demonstrated through his work in New York public schools. This fellowship would allow Mr. Swell to apply for his own NYC teaching vendor number, where he could directly place musicians into NY public schools and to produce a short "Day in the Life" video of his work directly developing skills with children.       more...

Paul Corbiere
The man does not miss a beat. With years of experience and Masters of Percussion Performance from Ohio State University, Paul Corbiere helped secure a $110,000 grant to bring Beat for Peace to 23 Title 1 schools in Palm Beach County, reaching thousands of children. Established in 1995 at Starlight Cove Community Title I Elementary School, Beat for Peace is a music-based intervention built out of the collaborative efforts of classroom teachers, music teachers, and school counselors. He is currently making a splash in Columbus Junction, Iowa, bringing his talent, enthusiasm, and dedication to students and the broader community. With this award, Paul will help support the Beat for Peace program at Starlight Cove Elementary in Palm Beach County, Florida; invest in more instruments for his classroom, and invest in his own professional development through workshops and lessons.

Killissa Cissoko
Throughout the 1990's, Killissa Cissoko worked to found and build the non-profit Musicians United for Superior Education in Buffalo, NY, working with dozens of schools and community centers, and involving thousands of students in African, Afro-Latin and African-American music and dance. Now a full-time music teacher, K- 4th grade, she will use her Jubilation Fellowship to document the work she does with her 800 students, mostly minority, mostly low-income, including student work in the classroom, peer to peer activities, and varied performances. She believes that despite the fragmentation of our mass-mediated society, "people still have a fundamental and visceral need to come together around a common groove, to sing along with a song...."

Marisol Berrios-Miranda
She has a PhD in music (ethnomusicology) from University of California, Berkeley but Marisol Berrios-Miranda's first education came from her childhood in her native Puerto Rico, where she was "soaked in the music". As adjunct faculty at the University of Washington, curator of the Experience Music Project's "American Sabor: Latinos in Popular Music", and teacher in a variety of contexts, she finds many ways to share her passion for music. She will use this fellowship to work with the students of Eckstein Middle School in Seattle, taking young jazz musicians to a deeper level of Afro-Caribbean playing.

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