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File #: 170888    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/12/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/12/2017
Title: Honoring and recognizing the students, staff, and partners of Hill-Freedman World Academy High School, in collaboration with LiveConnections, on the release of FIRST VERSE, a student-led, original CD album of poetry set to music.
Sponsors: Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. Signature17088800.pdf
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Honoring and recognizing the students, staff, and partners of Hill-Freedman World Academy High School, in collaboration with LiveConnections, on the release of FIRST VERSE, a student-led, original CD album of poetry set to music.

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WHEREAS, In the Fall of 2016, Hill-Freedman World Academy High School, under the leadership of Principal Anthony Majewski, opened its new music studio, record label, and music technology program; and

WHEREAS, Music Technology Teacher, Ezechial Thurman, who designed and implemented the new program and launched Hill-Freedman Records, taught all 10th graders as they immersed themselves in learning computer-based music production and composition as part of the school's International Baccalaureate Programme; and

WHEREAS, As students developed their music composition skills, Thurman reached out to LiveConnections, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring learning and building community through collaborative music-making, to partner together through an artist residency at the school, led by Founding Director, David Bradley; and

WHEREAS, LiveConnections brought City of Philadelphia Poet Laureate, Yolanda Wisher, to the Music Studio to lead a poetry-writing program; and

WHEREAS, Students wrote about personal struggles and issues they were dealing with at home, at school, and in the community. They wrote verses inspired by the imagery of color and poems driven by what Ms. Wisher called "John Henry" level hyperbole; and

WHEREAS, Working in the recording studio, the students performed and recorded their poems and joined their writing with their music compositions, with additional support from LiveConnections Artist, Andrew Lipke; and

WHEREAS, In the final phase of the project, producers Thurman and Bradley worked with student producers to create an original CD album; and

WHEREAS, Student leadership led to the project expanding from a planned 15-track album to one comprising 29 tracks, entitled FIRST VERSE. In total, ...

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