Summer JAMMS program is an immersive, inter-cultural
experience that brings together up to 25 Christian, Muslim, Jewish, immigrant,
refugee, and American born youths ages 15 - 20. An extension of Music in
programs in the U.S. and Middle East, participants live and work together for
two weeks on the magnificent Darrow
in New Lebanon, NY writing, recording, and rehearsing for a one-week concert
tour while creating a documentary film.
Participants will write and record an original song as well
as learn and rehearse 15 songs
written in MIC programs around the world to perform on a
weeklong tour with stops in Boston, New York, and elsewhere. The process will
be documented for a film conceived and directed by participants to demonstrate
the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration and their benefits to
society. Participants will create written, video, and photo blogs to be posted
on social media and the Music in Common website throughout the program.
The Summer JAMMS Program strengthens mindful communication, cross-cultural
understanding, and critical thinking between participants with interfaith
dialogues, leadership trainings, intercultural workshops, social activities,
and field trips to to explore the arts,
culture, and natural beauty of the Berkshires.
The 2017 program will take place from July 9th - 30th
at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY in the Berkshires. Please note that
dates may shift a day or two in either direction once roster and tour dates
have been finalized.
The Summer JAMMS program is lead by Music in Common executive
director, Todd Mack, assisted by MIC Associate Director, Lynnette, Najimy and a
team of MIC program facilitators and staff. Since 2007, Todd and Lynnette have traveled
extensively throughout the United States, Middle East, and Far East leading
Music in Common programs. There is a maximum student to staff ratio of 5 to 1. Staff
will be announced by April 15th.
While at Darrow, students and staff will live in campus
dorms on separate floors for boys and girls or in separate dorms entirely. Staff
will live in the dorms with students. During the tour, students and staff will
either stay in hotels or youth hostels or be hosted by local families. Groups
will be set by gender. Three meals a day will be provided with vegetarian
options at all meals. We will do our best to accommodate all dietary
restrictions. Religious and cultural practices and observances will be
accommodated. Students will have access to the school athletic center, soccer
fields, tennis courts, and more.
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to
the Summer Program. Students flying should fly into the Albany, NY airport.
Arrangements for airport pickup and drop off must be made with Music in Common
staff before booking flights. The final concert tour schedule will determine
which airport students will fly home from. All ground transportation during the
summer program will be provided by MIC staff or contracted driving services.
The MIC Summer Program is our only tuition-based program. All
other MIC programs are free of charge to participate. The cost for the 2017 Summer Jamms Program is $3,900, which includes all meals, activities, training, and
transportation during the program. Students should bring money for personal
spending, shopping, etc. Financial aid
is available for selected applicants who cannot afford full tuition.
Please contact Music in Common executive director Todd Mack
or 413-717-0374 for more info.