Project For the Daughters of Harlem awarded two grants

For the Daughters of Harlem: Working in Sound has won an Action Grant from Humanities New York and a Public Outreach Grant from Columbia University’s Center for Science and Society to host a campus workshop in October 2018 for young women of color from New York’s public high schools.  Faculty and students from the Music Department and Sound Arts Program will collaborate to assist students in engaging with music as thinkers, composers, musicians, and producers. Under the guidance of faculty, graduate students, and guest workshop leaders, students explore ways of thinking about music, and make, record, and produce their own pieces.


The inaugural Daughters of Harlem workshop in April 2018 was funded by a seed grant from the Columbia chapter of the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research (CAETR), an Obama White House initiative “committed to studying and addressing the educational, health and social services disparities faced by women and girls of color,” with additional support from the Society of Fellows/Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Conceived and directed by Prof. Ellie Hisama with the help of Core Lecturer Lucie Vágnerová, the humanities-oriented and music-making workshop hosted twelve students from nine public schools. Professors David Adamcyk, Zosha Di Castri, Miya Masaoka, and Courtney Bryan (Tulane University) led workshops in which students composed, recorded, and produced their own music and were assisted by Music graduate students Finola Merivale and Laina Dawes.


With funding from Humanities New York and the Center for Science and Society, the second Daughters of Harlem workshop will take place over two days, October 13 and 20, 2018, with a closing public performance of the students’ work on October 20. Directed by Vágnerová and co-directed by Hisama with assistance from Merivale and Dawes, the workshop will be led by Columbia PhD Matthew D. Morrison (Assistant Professor of Music, NYU Tisch; 2018-2019 Hutchins Fellow, Harvard University), Rachel Devorah (Technologist, Berklee College of Music; 2018-2019 Adrian Piper Foundation Berlin Fellow), Seth Cluett (Acting Director of the Computer Music Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University), Sondra Woodruff (Columbia General Studies ’19), and Kamari Carter (Columbia Sound Arts MFA student). Further information about For the Daughters of Harlem is available on the project website.


View: 2018 Project Report