This podcast is two-fold. We have the pleasure of hearing from Astrid Hepner about the great work of the Hamilton Music Collective, where, modeled after a proven program in Germany, 6000 under-served Hamilton school children are exposed to playing musical instruments, and all the related skills, pride and self-esteem that brings.
We also hear from Carl Joose, representing the next generation of the John & Ellie Voortman Charitable Foundation, and also a board member on the Hamilton Music Collective, about how the two organizations were able to work together to not only support these children in being exposed to music, but to create a beautifully renovated historic space for the children, their families, other nonprofits, and the community, to uplift all who walk through its doors and be a catalyst for change in the downtown Hamilton area.
Hamilton Music Collective: https://hamiltonmusiccollective.ca
An Instrument for Every Child: https://hamiltonmusiccollective.ca/programs/aifec-in-schools/
Astrid Hepner: https://www.linkedin.com/in/astrid-hepner-b6a65257
The Gasworks: https://parkstgasworks.com
Bill Strickland – Environments Change Behaviour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnhSLAmDRh0
Palaces for the People book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557044/palaces-for-the-people-by-eric-klinenberg/
Lincoln Alexander: http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/explore/online/alexander/index.aspx
Hamilton Community Foundation: https://www.hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca
The Hamilton Spectator’s Code Red Project: https://projects.thespec.io/codered10/
City of Hamilton Recreation Programs: https://www.hamilton.ca/recreation/registered-programs
McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind – Laurel Trainor: https://mimm.mcmaster.ca/researchers/ljt
El Sistema, Venezuela on 60 minutes: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transforming-children-through-music/