In Fall 2020, students in Eden Macadam-Somer's Women in Music class opened the Illumination Space with projects they put together in the class. Throughout the semester, interspersed with lectures and discussions on artists from many genres, cultures, and traditions, each student developed a pre-recorded project centered around an artist of color, preferably someone they had never really studied before. Students were encouraged to choose the mode of presentation that suited them best, and the results included podcasts, videos, narrated slide-shows, sketches, collages, and live performances. Watch and listen to some of these projects below.
As these projects were being put together, we dedicated a fair amount of time to peer review sessions, in which students shared their work in breakout rooms on zoom, both giving and receiving feedback.
As performing artists and educators, I think that we all strive to build connections between the various aspects of our lives, whether in school, on the stage, in our practice, in our travels, in the global and local struggles and successes that surround us. That is why projects like this feel so important to me, and so empowering. It was both exciting and inspiring to see these projects come to fruition, and I’m very happy to share them with you.
I’d like to give a heartfelt thanks to everyone in my class for all that they contributed to an especially meaningful Fall 2020 semester, and for shaping and kicking off this project. Additionally, sincere thanks to everyone else at NEC who has helped shape the concept and get it up online!