“In City Love, two gentle, humble teachers and musicians bring us powerful lyrics with mobilizing rhythms—inviting us into a conversation about race in America. They sing about racial justice in a way that is critical, inspiring and concurrent with the ideas about race and America found in both activist and academic spaces today. A performance from City Love would be a great way to begin—or sustain—dialogue about race in school. Their music makes you want to dance—sing—cry—speak out—and unite.” - Ali Michael, PhD, Director of Consulting and Professional Development at the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education
"Create the Change" Workshop: Using Creative expression to transform our values and identity
We are excited to bring our music into schools, universities and community centers as a means to foster courageous conversations about challenging topics, help encourage others to use their creativity for positive social change and to reflect on the issues that affect all of our lives. We believe that creative expression transforms our values, identities and our communities when we use it to distill our understandings of the social issues that affect our world.
In our "Create the Change" workshop we share our creative process and some of our music as a primer to engage students to explore and express themselves around a social justice issue through an original collaborative performance with a group of their peers. We will plan with you to determine what issues could be most helpful for your participants to explore together. Past themes have been a chance to dive into issues such as white privilege, mass incarceration, inequitable access to education, understanding the Black Lives Matter movement, cultural appropriation, environmental justice, peace movements, media bias, LGBTQ issues, gender issues, Quaker tenets and history of Quaker involvement in social justice movements, and looking at the roots of gun violence. Participants perform and reflect on their experience, as well as on the themes that were the focus of other groups' performances. During the workshop we also perform some of our original songs that embody the empowering process of self expression around these same issues.
We are glad to tailor our workshops to meet your goals, needs, and constraints. We generally prefer to have 90 minutes available to work with those in attendance. Our workshops deal with social justice themes, and so with respect to developmental appropriateness, we prefer to work with individuals who are in the 4th grade or older. Please contact us to discuss crafting a workshop around your institution or organization’s needs. (90-120 minutes, Maximum of 48 participants)
"Talk about it, be about it" Interactive concert: Healing the Racial Divide on campus with Music and Dialogue
"Talk About It, Be About It" is a combination of musical/lyrical immersion and deep collaborative reflection. We have a range of original songs we can share that explore issues of white privilege, inequitable access to education, high stakes testing and school closures, mass incarceration, the Black Lives Matter movement, police violence, the inconsistency between America's love for black culture and disregard for black communities, forgiveness, hope, unity, and positive change. The sequence of songs represents a journey - each song shares a depth and breadth of information, paints pictures, and connects with listeners, opening the door for transformative dialogue between participants about urgently relevant topics.
We share some of our reflections before each song, and follow each song with targeted inquiries that guide participants through the co-creation of anonymous digital or analog story boards which can serve as both barometers and road maps for the work that needs to be done on campus about the above issues.
We offer additional visits to return and process the information together in affinity groups and as a whole in order to help bring everyone together and create broader understanding about the experiences, awarenesses, blindspots, hopes, and possibilities within the community. (75 minutes, Maximum of 300 participants)
"City Love's work is insightful, thought provoking, and engaging. I see City Love contributing to schools by supporting healthy identity development, increasing empathy and understanding across diverse groups, and helping with conflict resolution. As an administrator at an independent school, I know that there is a deep need for their programs.” - Frances Hoover, Director of Admissions and Diversity at The Philadelphia School
“A perfectly pitched presentation for middle school students generally and our middle school students specifically. The transformative power of the arts as a medium for discussing highly charged issues, especially at a time in life when people are trying to figure out who they are and how they want to be, was compelling, inspiring, and enriching.” - Michael Zimmerman, Head of School at Friends School Haverford
“Thank you so much for sharing your musical gifts with us at “Ending Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow.” I think the performance at our opening worship set the tone for our time together perfectly - It grounded us in Spirit, recognized our spiritual ancestors who have walked hard roads ahead of us, and called into the space those our society has shunned and shunted off to remote exile, all the while encouraging us to move forward with hope.” -John Meyer, Education Coordinator at Pendle Hill