Photography by Scot Goodman

Community Engagement

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 programs for youth in our community. We have visited El Sistema at Gault, Hall District, Westlake, Starlight, Twin Lakes, Washington, Tierra Pacifica and Mountain schools, the special needs class at Brook Knoll Elementary, to name a few. In addition to elementary schools, we also present performance/seminars to the music students of Cabrillo College, UCSC and Santa Cruz High. Additionally we have performed for the children served at Homeless Services Center. To encourage student attendance, Mim gives away tickets to arts organizations serving youth.

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 is 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.

Tiffany, Rebecca, & Danielle

At Mim’s 2018 festival, in addition to visiting 5 schools, the string trio presents residencies at both Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County Juvenile Detention Centers. In addition to experiencing live performance, the 3-day curriculum engages with the youth exploring themes that include inspiration, expression, personalization, effective communication, and collaboration.





















Would you like to financially support this effort? Are you interested in having Mim visit your school? Please contact us.