Dance/Music on Site
To develop music appreciation in patrons; inspire emotional response; and educate patrons that classical music is accessible for everyone. Introduce patrons to the skill of song-writing. -- Encourage the imagination of children (and adults). -- Stimulate creativity and positive emotional responses. Promote relaxation and stress reduction. -- Stimulate patrons minds (research suggests that classical music promotes cognitive performance). -- Encourage creativity.
Comments from participants:
"Having performances in a small space and hearing richness of instruments and feeling the music is something that can only be felt live."
"This type of program truly reaches out and touches lives—some never able to attend live performances in Duluth."
"The entire program was great. It did exactly what it wanted, entertained and expanded knowledge."
"[Richie is]one of the best performers I’ve seen who gives an engaging intro to music and allows such interaction as instrument building and song writing. A true educator and lover of kids! A master of improvisation."
"[I learned] how to engage kids in music. The kids learned about songwriting, creativity, and different kinds of instruments."
"People who hear either classical or 'modern' of which our cellist had both are sometimes scared off. It is excellent that he played in the midst of library life so many who would never have heard were brought into that ambience."
Arrowhead Library System and Local libraries. Partner Organization Contribution/Role in the Program: The Libraries across the region provided the staff, facility, and electricity to host the program. They also marketed the programs through their respective communication media (e.g. facebook, Twitter, website, newsletters, etc).