Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music.
Over the past eight years, WMI has demonstrated a sustained commitment to creating opportunities for court-involved youth to thrive while promoting the integration of arts programming in juvenile justice, probation, and adult correctional facility settings. WMI’s social impact programs encompass artistic projects, partnerships with government agencies and other non-profit organizations, and commissioned research to demonstrate the power of music and art in the lives of youth people and in justice reform.
More than half a million people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall.
The DreamYard Project is an arts and social justice organization dedicated to working with Bronx youth, families, schools and communities to build pathways toward equity and opportunity. The organization provides nationally-recognized, transformative arts education for over 15,000 youth in the Bronx each year through school-based partnerships and out-of-school programs, and supports young people as they work toward higher learning, family-sustaining careers and social action.
Established in 1994, DreamYard started as an idea sparked by a group of young people who wrote a play about a place where children could go to dream. In 1999, DreamYard chose to work entirely in the Bronx because of the generational need and the belief that the organization could most effectively impact change with limited resources if they focused their work in one community. Today their programs are deeply embedded in and guided by communities in the Bronx, engaging with young people in 55 public schools across the borough including their own DreamYard Prep High School, as well as the DreamYard Art Center.
DreamYard programming opportunities include theater, poetry, dance, audio and visual production, photography, fashion design and Maker, all focused on fostering the creative development of young social change agents in Pre-K through 12th grade.
Founded in 1975 as the education division of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Education (LCE) is widely recognized as a national leader in the field of arts and education. LCE’s mission is to enrich the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the arts onstage, in the classroom, digitally, and in the community.
Lincoln Center Education focuses on K-12 arts education programs; higher education partnerships to train arts education teachers; family and community outreach programs; a dedicated institute for arts education research and professional development; a consultancy branch; and a season of dance, music, and theater presentations produced exclusively for young audiences.
Amy Kirkland – Conference Manager
Sarah Johnson – Director, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Jason Duchin – Co-Executive Director, DreamYard
Tim Lord – Co-Executive Director, DreamYard
Russell Granet – Executive Vice President, Lincoln Center Education
Aaron Siegel – Senior Manager of Learning and Engagement, Carnegie Hall
Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers – Director of Professional Development, DreamYard
Santina Protopapa – Director of Educational Partnerships, Lincoln Center Education
Jean Taylor – Teaching Artist, Lincoln Center Education
Tobin Rothlein – Teaching Artist, Lincoln Center Education