It is in times of crisis that the Arts are found on the front line towards restoring humanity and dignity.
Homelessness in today’s society has reached a peak unparalleled in history. Even prior to the devastating long-term economic effects from the global pandemic, seventeen out of every 10,000 people in the United States were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2019 according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Those in the arts community have not been shielded from the financial downturn of the past year. Consequently, the solvency of artists and arts organizations across the nation is in extreme peril. However, it is in times of crisis that the arts are always found on the front line towards bringing back humanity and dignity because it is creativity that lies at the core of what it means to be human.
It is with this in mind that discussions began between violinist Mitchell Newman and composer Lucas Richman for the creation of a new work for violin and orchestra which addresses the connections between homelessness and mental health, as well as the role the arts can play in restoring humanity and dignity to the ever-growing population of displaced citizens.
With the intent of serving as a catalyst for meaningful discussion and subsequent action, “Concerto for Violin: Paths to Dignity,” has been written for Mitchell Newman, who has served as the violinist for the world premiere of the work and led community engagement activities related to the piece. Musical organizations participating as members of the commission consortium will present performances of the concerto during the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons and will receive guidance for developing partnerships with their local homeless advocacy organizations.
Brian Horner, Project Administrator
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