Student CoLab is National Sawdust’s flagship education program for middle school composers and artists. This performance is the culmination of a three-month program in music composition, film, and projection design, for young people at El Puente Beacon Leadership Program in Williamsburg. The program features National Sawdust Artist-in-Residence cellist Amanda Gookin (Forward Music Project). This multimedia concert features new music for cello, voice, and electronics, as well as video projection and film, all written, designed, and performed by students at MS50.
This year, Student CoLab took Amanda Gookin and S Katy Tucker’s Forward Music Project as the inspiration for the program. Forward Music Project is a multimedia project driven by social justice and empowerment for women and girls. Using the same format and principles of collaboration, and drawing upon similar themes of justice, gender, and empowerment, young people have created all of the new music, film, and visuals which you will experience at this performance.
This journey of artistic discovery and self expression empowers young people to have a voice on issues that affect them, while also enabling them to explore and fulfill their potential as a creative beings.