Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

SDSU’s Heartpower Performances receives NEA Grant

SDSU’s Heartpower Performances receives NEA Grant

SDSU’s Heartpower Performances has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to fund music performances and classes for at-risk audiences throughout Southern California.

About Heartpower

Heartpower, led by SDSU School of Music and Dance faculty member Marian Liebowitz, provides career training and opportunities for music majors at SDSU while offering concerts and classes to organizations serving at-risk youth, individuals with mental illness, those in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and other segments of the population not normally served by music organizations. Some examples include disabled veterans, hospitalized patients, and those in the juvenile justice system.

“These are people who typically cannot get to concerts, but benefit from music being brought to them in their environment” said Liebowitz. “We start by exposing them to a wide variety of music genres, including classical, jazz and pop. Enrichment comes from offering a series of concerts, not just a one-time performance. We provide participatory music as well, such as our Veterans Choir Project.”

Benefiting SDSU Students

The student performers are enriched as well, receiving training specific to their audiences and important experience to bolster their musical careers. The performances showcase SDSU students who serve as role models to at-risk populations, and the program illustrates that music is a vehicle to redirect energy toward positive change.

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