Lullabies are at the heart of this creative project that focuses on young mothers in teen clinics at hospitals, justice settings, and homeless shelters. Designed as a short-term project, expectant mothers and mothers of infants collaborate with professional musicians to write personal lullabies for their babies. The lullabies are professionally recorded and the finished recordings are given to the mothers to play for their babies. This creative experience helps young women and their partners imagine themselves as parents, bond with their babies, and establish positive support networks.
This project is part of Musical Connections, which offers concerts, creative projects, and long-term residencies across veterans, healthcare, and adult and juvenile settings.
Major funding for Musical Connections is provided by MetLife Foundation and The Irene Diamond Fund.
Additional support has been provided, in part, by Ameriprise Financial.
Public support for Musical Connections is provided by the New York City Departments of Homeless Services and Probation, and by the New York City Council.
Each Lullaby Project is compact in order to respond to participant and partner staff needs, with three creative interactions.
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Musical Connections artists also take part in a yearlong professional development program that provides the artists with the time and resources needed to prepare them to be effective facilitators and collaborators.
Evaluation plans are formed in parallel with project design. It’s imperative to be able to demonstrate the larger impact of this work and discuss its specific successes and challenges.
The musical form of a lullaby is a perfect medium to express the hopes, fears, and dreams of a parent for a child. Enjoy these lullabies from the Musical Connections Lullaby Project. For more audio recordings, please visit Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project SoundCloud.
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