2018 Brown University graduate Melanie Ambler has spent much of 2020 developing her own project, Petite Pause Musicale, to reach people in isolation, both in the United States and in France (where she traveled on a Fulbright). I love how she describes her professional goals in her LinkedIn profile: "I am a cellist pursuing a career in medicine as a physician-artist-scientist. My work centers around how music can be used as an effective, non-pharmacological, cost-effective complement to medical care."
Vanity Fair published a very lovely interview with Stephen Colbert recently, including his thoughts on performing comedy in front of a camera at home without his normal audience of happy people in a theater. In particular, I appreciated the following paragraph about reclaiming a sense of intimacy.
I discovered that someone posted thirty seconds of one of my backyard performances. I suspect that if I participated in social media, I might find a few more. Already nostalgic for interacting with neighbors and friends (new as well as old) through outdoor concerts.
If Thursday evening was to be my final event of the season, it was a lovely way to end a four-month tour of local backyards & driveways. Most of the neighborhood turned out.
"To hear you play, up close, would have been a gift at any time, but to do so in the midst of a pandemic and the horrors of our current political turmoil, made it all the more exquisite. Last night was a reminder that there is good and beauty in the world. My neighbors were also so grateful."
Sharing project documentation and examples of student thinking, and my own.