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STREET SYMPHONY




STREET SYMPHONY



Street Symphony places social justice at the heart of music making by creating authentic, powerful engagements between professional and emerging artists and communities disenfranchised by homelessness and incarceration in Los Angeles County. Street Symphony operates with the core principle that all people deserve access to a creative and expressive life.

The purpose of Street Symphony programs is twofold: (1) to create platforms for historically and presently oppressed communities to find and share their artistic, human voices, and (2) to create the environment for professional and emerging artists to move into vital, powerful roles as agents of cultural change through community engagement.

Founded in 2011, Street Symphony has presented nearly 400 free, world-class musical engagements for severely disenfranchised communities affected by homelessness and incarceration in Los Angeles County.

Comprised of a grassroots community of over 70 world-class musicians, Street Symphony ensembles present regular monthly programs at Skid Row shelters and county jails. Since 2015, Street Symphony has presented a yearly performance of The Messiah Project, a nationally acclaimed community performance of excerpts of Handel’s Messiah at The Midnight Mission in Skid Row, featuring stories and performances from people affected by and recovering from homelessness in LA County.

In 2017, supported by a generous grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation, Street Symphony launched the Daniel Chaney Teaching Artist Program, pairing professional artists with members of the homeless community in an effort to amplify the voices and artistry of the Skid Row community.





Daniel Chaney
Teaching Artist Program

The Daniel Chaney Teaching Artist Program is a new initiative of Street Symphony, dedicated to exploring “Citizen-Artistry” in Los Angeles and beyond. Daniel Chaney Teaching Artist Program Fellows receive a year of intensive instruction musical performance and the intersection of arts and social justice. Fellows can be members of the Skid Row community, as well as emerging artists graduating from university and conservatory.



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