“Music will save the world.” –Pablo Casals
MiM provides schools with an intimate front seat pass to interactive performances, striving to ignite the creative soul and provide aural landscapes that uplift and inspire each and every child in attendance. Each season, in the months leading up to the mainstage concerts, MiM presents FREE programs for youth throughout our community.
Starting with its inaugural visit in 2015, MiM regularly presents performances for the youth detained at Santa Cruz Juvenile Hall. “One said it was as if they were put in a trance and were let free. I asked him if he meant set free from the juvenile hall and he said, ‘No, set free from myself'” Read more about the experience in our BLOG.
Sound Impact was resident community engagement ensemble for Music in May 2018. Co-founded by Rebecca Jackson, Tiffany Richardson, and Danielle Cho in 2012, Sound Impact is a collective of musicians dedicated to serving communities and igniting positive change through live performance, educational programs, and creative collaboration. Sound Impact’s passion for community engagement brings music into diverse communities including schools, hospitals, homeless centers, juvenile detention centers and orphanages throughout the US and Costa Rica.
At Mim’s 2018 festival, we presented 20 hours of free musical programming for youth which included visits to 6 schools, and 3-day residencies at Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County Juvenile Detention Centers. The curriculum, entitled “Use Your Voice”, began with an exploration of the world of classical chamber music and quickly delved into relatable topics such as effective communication, respect, connection, and inspiration. The final visit culminated in a collaborative performance: their words and our music. Their vulnerability was heart breaking, inspiring, and affirmed music’s ability to break boundaries and connect people of all backgrounds.