During the 2015-16 school year, students in nine Philadelphia K-5 classrooms worked with ArtWell teaching-artists/percussionists over 15 weeks to learn to play traditional West African and Afro-Caribbean songs and discover the power of music in culture and resistance. To culminate the program, each class worked to create their own songs and stories of origin.
released April 29, 2016
Thanks to all of our students and cooperating teachers and administrators at our partner schools: James Rhoads Elementary, John H. Taggart, Paul L. Dunbar, Memphis Street Academy, James G. Blaine, Overbrook Education Center, Mary McLeod Bethune, La Salle Academy, and James R. Lowell Elementary School and our extraordinary teaching-artists and HeartBeat curriculum collaborators who led the way. Thanks to Ami Yares for recording and mastering student tracks. Finally, special thanks to the William Penn Foundation for make this program and album possible.