• Lullaby Project

  • 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.

  •  Musical Connections Lullaby
    Lullaby Project participant at Jacobi Medical Center,
    January 2013
  • MetLife Foundation 160 x 15

    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.

  • Project Design

    Lullaby Project Design
    Each Lullaby Project is compact in order to respond to participant and partner staff needs, with three creative interactions.

    The three creative interactions include a composition session, a professional recording session, and a group-sharing session. At the end of the project, each participant receives a CD of her lullaby. When planning for a Lullaby Project, many program elements are already in place, including the artists, partnerships, and well-developed evaluation plans.
  • Artist Skills

    Lullaby Artists Skills

    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

    Lullaby EvaluationEvaluation 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 evaluation of the Lullaby Project is developed with the WolfBrown consulting firm and centers on intensive reflection by roster artists, partner staff, and the Weill Music Institute. Updates will be posted online once available.