Dear Most Useful People in America (That's you, Teachers):
Would you like me to come into your class to write songs about the Emancipation Proclamation and abolitionists in Brooklyn? Of course you would.
On February 1st I'm devoting my show at Brooklyn Historical Society (I do a monthly family event there themed to their exhibits) to the Emancipation Proclamation (it's on display at BHS) and abolitionists in Brooklyn (they have a new exhibit on this that's about to open).
I'm looking for a school or schools to collaborate on this show with me. I'd come into your classroom throughout January, teach kids about the aforementioned stuff, and write songs with them about it. Then, on Feb 1st, they'd perform their compositions live on stage with me.
In answer to your potential questions:
- Do you have to teach in Brooklyn in order to participate?
I'm down to do more versions of this project remotely (via Skype, FaceTime, etc) with schools outside Brooklyn or come to your school to do a special workshop / assembly program. Obviously this would take some planning / grant money / etc but we always work these things out. And if you teach in, say, Nebraska we'd figure out a lesson plan that's not only about Brooklyn but rather abolitionists in the country at large or closer to home.
- How do I sign up?
Send me an e-mail at lloydhmiller AT gmail DOT com. We'll make a plan?
More details on all of this soon.