Transitioning and Traversing: Stories and Songs of Incarceration, Equity, Justice and Community

Sun, May 6 @ 7 pm

CONCERT HALL

Transitioning and Traversing: Stories and Songs of Incarceration, Equity, Justice and Community

Sun, May 6 @ 7 pm

CONCERT HALL


PHOTO BY ERIC GORTON

This year, James Madison University received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to study the impact of an arts-based storytelling and songwriting project involving formerly incarcerated persons and pre-service music and social work professionals. This award provided Gemeinschaft Home with a set of musical instruments to facilitate music engagement and songwriting beyond the life of the grant.

In this performance, musicians will share songs and stories crafted by recently incarcerated men from the Gemeinschaft Home who participated in weekly storytelling and songwriting sessions over the past school year. Performers will include Grayling Skyy, Gryzzle, Julep, Keynote Illidge, and Someone to Ride the River With.

Gemeinschaft Home provides cutting-edge therapeutic services to nonviolent offenders who have been released or diverted from incarceration in support of a transition to healthy community living. Located in a large farmhouse on the north side of Harrisonburg, Gemeinschaft Home gives individuals an opportunity to restore a sense of wholeness in their lives; it provides quality shelter, food, counseling, and a model for daily living and responsible decisions.

In conjunction with a residential re-entry program (regulated by the Virginia Department of Corrections as a Community Residential Program for adult men), Gemeinschaft Home provides two additional programs for individuals in the Shenandoah Valley: the Self-Pay Program, which is for participants in the re-entry program who need but cannot afford additional residential-based services; and the Day Reporting Center Program, a non-residential program for men and women who would otherwise be incarcerated (includes case management and counseling services). http://www.gemeinschafthome.org

Putting life's lessons in song from James Madison University on Vimeo.


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