Organization Spotlight: Harmony Project KC


Harmony Project KC

Harmony Project KC Organization Spotlight

Harmony Project KC is today's Organization Spotlight!

About Harmony Project KC (HPKC):

Harmony Project KC (HPKC) is the flagship program of the Northeast Community Center, an organization serving the urban core for more than a century.

HPKC is a research-based, youth mentorship program that provides orchestral instruction, practice, performance opportunities and character development to children in Kansas City’s urban core, with the goal of keeping them in school, improving academic performance, and developing a college readiness mindset. Built through a public health perspective, HPKC serves children throughout their entire childhood (K-12) during out of school hours: after-school and on weekends. This year, students are participating in violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, guitar, and music therapy.

HPKC is an affiliate of an evidence-based model: Harmony Project LA, which has been awarded twice by the White House as a successful arts-based, youth intervention program for low-income children. 95%+ of Harmony Project LA students have been accepted into college, with nearly half entering STEM fields and a handful of Fulbright scholars.

Currently in its sixth year, HPKC will serve 275 children at the flagship location at the Northeast Community Center, and at satellite locations at Scuola Vita Nuova, Garfield Elementary, and Wheatley Elementary.

How does HPKC help to support female-identifying musicians in the Kansas City area?

Over half of our Teaching Artist faculty are female-identifying, and 60% of our young musicians are female-identifying. By creating access opportunities to predominantly children of color, we are working to strengthen young female artists of color.

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Originally published October 21, 2021

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