LA Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

submission by LeahHanes

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

: inspires the next generation of Scientists, Technology experts, Engineers, Artists, and Mathematicians (STEAM) using manufacturers clean waste and in doing this we nurture environmental stewardship.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Let’s create LA LandfillHarmonics inspired by Parqaguay’s LandfillHarmonics. LAUSD has among the highest concentration of low-income students in the state, with more than 80% living at or below the poverty line. This translates into nearly 400 high-poverty campuses where all students automatically qualify for subsidized lunches. There is little room in the school budget for the arts. Where is music for these children? We want to teach them to make music out of found objects.

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Maestro Chavez and the children of Paraguay inspire our LA LandfillHarmonics Orchestra application

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

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e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

Parks, community centers and Title 1 Schools in LA County.

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Conduct research

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Bring arts and music to underserved communities.

How will your proposal improve the following “Create” metrics? (check all that apply)

Employment in the creative industries

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Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

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We will offer students with no access to music education a way to engage, to express, and to share their stories through music. We will inspire creative and critical thinking as we undertake the task of learning to create instruments out of waste streams. We will advance the notion of environmental stewardship in a generation of Los Angeles children. And, we will bring the Maestro Favio Chavez or Maestro Szaran from Paraguay to Los Angeles to speak to the group making instruments and inform our approach to creating the Orchestra.
In doing this we honor the original work of Maestro Favio Chavez and we bring a community of Angelenos to a world of music seemingly out of reach. This Orchestra will perform at local venues, schools, community centers, and parks offering as many communities an opportunity to experience the creativity and joy of the LA LandFillHarmonic’s Youth.
Our Orchestra will reflect the vast cultural and ethnic diversity of Los Angeles in that the group will learn to play some classical music and will be invited to enhance that music with their own cultural interpretation.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


The music instructors and the general public who will attend the free concerts offered by this Orchestra in the fall of 2016 will evaluate our final outcome through feedback forms offered at the concerts. The process itself will be evaluated by pre-then-post surveys undertaken by the children involved in the making of instruments and the playing of those instruments once they are made.

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Anyone with ideas and musical talent or interest will be welcome to help us and participate.

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T4T provides the materials and framework for making S.T.E.A.M. teaching FUN! The LA Landfill Harmonic proposal adds Music and Audio dexterity to the "A" component in S.T.E.A.M. The value of music to early education is proven to improve a child's ability to learn, their language and verbal competency, and classroom engagement and critical thinking in the other S.T.E.A.M. components. The LA Landfill Harmonic proposal adds a critical component to this methodology for Los Angeles.

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