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Love Notes


Celebrating the musical and poetic artistry and contributions of Black Philadelphians past and present!

Art Form(s): Music, Spoken Word/Literary Arts

Genre: African/African-American

Instrument(s): Voice

Residency Offering

Love Notes Residency

Students will engage in music-making and production integrated with poetry and creative writing that center the question: "What does it mean to show love?" Whether it is creating a mixtape or writing on ode, displaying acts of love and appreciation for ourselves, our families, friends and community has always inspired creativity! "Love Notes" is our way of showing love (and "giving our flowers") to the rich legacy of Black and African-American Philadelphian artists and cultural producers, past and present. Students will spend the 12-week residency learning about these contributions, emulating and drawing inspiration from them with activities that are both individual and group-based with a culminating showcase during the final week. Featured artists and groups will range from Philadelphia International Records to Tierra Whack, Sun Ra to The Roots, with particular focus on the genres of jazz, hip hop and soul.

Best for: Grades 6-12

Featuring: Love Notes Teaching Artist Team/Rebecca Graham

Becca Graham is a musician, teaching artist, and longtime Philly resident who has teamed up with an ensemble of poetry and spoken word artists to offer a series of workshops that integrate music, poetry, and performance. The Love Notes teaching artist team works closely to coordinate curriculum and activities that center the artistic works of Black Philadelphians, from the well-known icons to the unsung heroes. The team believes in every young person's ability to transform acknowledgment of this city's rich legacy into engagement, and that we all have a responsibility to build up the next generation of Philadelphia creatives and arts advocates through community care, self-actualization, celebration, and love.

Joined Musicopia: 2022

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