We empower youth in underserved communities, from all backgrounds and abilities, to use their unique voices to advocate for social justice and change, through the power of music, and arts-integrated academic learning, that expresses their individual creativity. By raising young people’s voices, we aim to inspire youth with the message that they can become successful adults with a positive vision of the future.
Our aim is to enhance student achievement by developing real-life skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, habits of inquiry, and curiosity about history and our global society. By focusing on the importance of music as an artistic means of communication, MeMA allows students to move from passive hearing to becoming active listeners who pay attention to the vivid cultural and historical insight into their own culture, and also cultures they may not be familiar with, thus increasing multicultural awareness.
WHO WE ARE
MeMA-Music was established in 2012 as a 5o1 (c)(3) organization by 20+ year music industry executive, Jeanne Warsaw-Gazga, on two basic principles:
A deep conviction that young people have the potential and vision to change the world.
The exploration of socially conscious music can become the vehicle for the self-expression of young people’s values and beliefs.
Our team of educators developed a multidisciplinary academic arts program that takes students on a journey through socially conscious protest music—past to present—immersing students in landmark events of the times, including the extraordinary experiences of the young people and their pivotal role in changing society.
Our integrated, standards-based Social Justice curricula strategically connect content and develop skills across multiple subject areas including ELA, social sciences, media arts, technology, civics, and music. Our lessons and activities build students’ understanding of how artists have crafted messages of social change that encourage speaking one’s truths. MeMA’s arts-integrated unit teaches students to examine the fundamental questions of economic and social inequities, moral values, civic rights and duties, and, the quest for peace. MeMA’s unit closes with individual and/or group culminating arts-infused social justice projects, created by students and based on personal interests, presented en masse as a showcase in the school auditorium, giving students a chance to feel proud of their accomplishments.
Reach students who are not otherwise being reached
Customizable standards-based lesson plans with student-centered activities, rubrics, and instructional resources
Content relevant to today’s controversial world
Assessment tools to measure student outcomes and program success
Culminating social justice-themed projects featuring multimedia, visual art, creative writing—songs, rap, poetry, mock trials, skits, and live performances
Teaching Artists at the top of their profession from video production to hip hop