Sparrow Run Community Studio Project
The Sparrow Run Community Studio is a dynamic and innovative collaboration between three inspiring organizations: Travel Songs, Child Inc., and The Cause. Funded by the "Building Better Communities" grant, our mission is to empower young individuals residing in The Sparrow Run neighborhood, aged 12-18, by providing them with the tools and opportunities to explore their creative potential.
At the Sparrow Run Community Studio, we believe that creativity knows no bounds. We are committed to breaking down barriers and opening doors for young people to express themselves through music, video projects, and podcasts. Our studio offers access to state-of-the-art equipment and a welcoming space where their imagination can flourish.
But our project goes beyond just
artistic expression. We understand
the importance of holistic
development, which is why we also
offer Social and Emotional Learning
(SEL) courses and comprehensive
videography training sessions.
These components equip our young
participants with essential life
skills, helping them build a
brighter future for themselves.
To further broaden their horizons
and provide a taste of professional
environments, we organize exciting
field trips to other, larger studios.
These experiences not only inspire
creativity but also pave the way for
potential career paths in the arts
and multimedia industry.
The Sparrow Run Community Studio is a testament to what can be achieved when organizations unite to uplift their community. We are excited to embark on this journey, and we invite you to join us in supporting the next generation of artists, creators, and leaders in our neighborhood. Together, we are building a better and more vibrant community.
The studio is open and operating as of November 1, 2023.
Sabino Luthier School Project
Over the past three decades, the tourism industry and foreign influence in the Andean region have changed the professional landscape. This transition from a traditional way of life to a more modern and global culture has had a negative impact on artisanal handcraft goods.
We met Sabino while filming in Cusco. He is a third generation Peruvian instrument maker who's guitars and charangos are of the highest quality in the region.
However, his children have decided not to continue the trade, instead opting to attend university -- a common theme Cusco handcraft industry today.
In an effort to ensure this important cultural skill is not lost, The Travel Songs Foundation is launching an initiative to create a school where students can come to learn how to create Peruvian instruments -- with Sabino as their instructor.
This one-year intensive course in instrument making meets every week on Saturdays and is taught by Sabino Huaman. All costs related to materials, time, tools, and transportation are covered by The Travel Songs Foundation.
Courses began January 14, 2017.