NAC Music Alive Program 2021

In the spring of 2021 the PEISO participated in the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program for a second year.
 
About Music Alive
Through partnerships, community consultations, multi-year programming, and the leadership of local artists, the MAP aims to provide a comprehensive, accessible, and youth-centred music program that celebrates and gives a voice to Canada’s diverse communities and Indigenous cultures.
 
To achieve this, we again partnered with Musician/Educator Ryan Drew and Mi’kmaq Performer/Educator Richard Pellissier-Lush to present cross-cultural workshops that blend Indigenous traditions and Western conventions in an exploration of music and the natural world. The guest teaching-artists drew on their respective backgrounds to engage students with art/music as is inspired by the land we live on.
 
With the help of the teachers and staff at Georgetown Elementary, John J Sark Memorial, and Mount Stewart Consolidated, we were delighted to find safe and effective ways to reach students in person at a time when screen-based learning is at an all time high. 
 
Ryan Drew: “As part of the NAC’s Music Alive Program, Richard and I were thrilled to deliver our presentation, ‘Cross-Cultural Exploration: Music & Nature’, to an approximate 250 PEI students this past week! In preparing these workshops, we draw from existing NAC resources and our collective backgrounds in music-making to engage students with the interconnectedness of arts, culture, and the land beneath our feet. A huge thanks is owed to the PEISO for their continued administrative support and to the PEI Public Schools Branch for inviting us into K-6 classrooms.”
 
A big thank you to Ryan, Richard, and the National Arts Centre for this amazing opportunity to engage Island youth. For more information on Music Alive, visit the NAC’s Website.
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