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For five weeks this summer, RICH in Music was pleased to collaborate with Esperanza Center in conducting a weekly piano class for their Youth Summer 2020 Program. We strived to create a fun and engaging activity that provides students with a new skill and an off-screen outlet! Thanks to all of the co-leaders (some pictured) and participants! ...

For five weeks this summer, RICH in Music was pleased to collaborate with Esperanza Center in conducting a weekly piano class for their Youth Summer 2020 Program. We strived to create a fun and engaging activity that provides students with a new skill and an off-screen outlet! Thanks to all of the co-leaders (some pictured) and participants!

We are so thankful for our wonderful summer intern, Carlos Buri-Nagua! He was a great help to RICH in Music this summer and we wish him the best as he heads back to Johns Hopkins University!

"Carlos is from Hightstown, New Jersey and is studying Public Health with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management. In the future, he would love to work at the intersection of public health and medicine with a focus on addressing health disparities and mental health at the community level. Throughout the summer, Carlos co-facilitated a youth summer program with Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Center and conducted remote outreach efforts to address participation barriers within the Latinx community. During his time, he valued the importance of positive music experiences with vulnerable populations that encounter sensing feelings of isolation, especially during a pandemic and social distancing guidelines."
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We are so thankful for our wonderful summer intern, Carlos Buri-Nagua! He was a great help to RICH in Music this summer and we wish him the best as he heads back to Johns Hopkins University!

Carlos is from Hightstown, New Jersey and is studying Public Health with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management. In the future, he would love to work at the intersection of public health and medicine with a focus on addressing health disparities and mental health at the community level. Throughout the summer, Carlos co-facilitated a youth summer program with Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Center and conducted remote outreach efforts to address participation barriers within the Latinx community. During his time, he valued the importance of positive music experiences with vulnerable populations that encounter sensing feelings of isolation, especially during a pandemic and social distancing guidelines.

RICH in Music is excited to spotlight our Advisory Committee member, Alicia Barksdale!

Alicia Barksdale is the Lead Music Therapist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore MD. She loves her work with high school students who have learning challenges, using music to help them achieve their personal goals through musical instrument play, singing, and musical theater. Alicia received her Bachelor of Music degree at Catholic University and earned a Master of Science degree in Music Education at Towson University. She has completed her Doctor of Musical Arts coursework at Boston University and is currently writing her dissertation on the self-efficacy and self-confidence of music majors with disabilities, specifically anxiety disorders. Alicia has enjoyed adjunct teaching at local colleges and universities, mentoring new music therapists in training, public speaking, and recently the challenge of developing online telehealth music therapy services for her students. Musically her passions are playing piano and singing, especially with friends and family. She is also an avid reader and lover of labradoodles. Alicia Is honored to serve on the RICH in Music Advisory Committee!
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RICH in Music is excited to spotlight our Advisory Committee member, Alicia Barksdale!

Alicia Barksdale is the Lead Music Therapist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore MD. She loves her work with high school students who have learning challenges, using music to help them achieve their personal goals through musical instrument play, singing, and musical theater. Alicia received her Bachelor of Music degree at Catholic University and earned a Master of Science degree in Music Education at Towson University. She has completed her Doctor of Musical Arts coursework at Boston University and is currently writing her dissertation on the self-efficacy and self-confidence of music majors with disabilities, specifically anxiety disorders.  Alicia has enjoyed adjunct teaching at local colleges and universities, mentoring new music therapists in training, public speaking, and recently the challenge of developing online telehealth music therapy services for her students. Musically her passions are playing piano and singing, especially with friends and family. She is also an avid reader and lover of labradoodles. Alicia Is honored to serve on the RICH in Music Advisory Committee!

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Congrats they are definitely blessed to have you on board

Congratulations to you! You are Awesome!!

Congratulations Ms Alicia Barksdale I was taught by Her from 1990 to 1994 and I am a true success story because of teachers like her Thank you. Ms Barksdale

Alicia, you're the best!! Everyone who knows you knows this. I love you! We are so proud of you!! Try to catch Alicia's shooting star!! 🌠🌟 XOXO

Congratulations on your spotlight!!

Congratulations on being highlighted. They certainly chose well!

Congratulations Mrs Alicia thank you for teaching me music and the appreciation for music

Awesome Alicia!!

One of my favorite teachers you helped me get through a lot in I appreciate you 🥰

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For June, RICH in Music is excited to spotlight our Advisory Committee member, Leo Arreaza!

Leo lives in Baltimore and originally comes from South America. He earned his law degree in Venezuela and an LL.M. from the University of Baltimore. Leo works in human services with Maryland’s Department of Health. He is also an advocate for individuals and refugees before the Maryland Department of Human Services to help them receive benefits. Leo is a music lover and has always been a strong supporter of the arts and music locally. He is happy to combine his commitment to the immigrant community and love of the arts to serve on the RICH in Music Advisory Committee.
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For June, RICH in Music is excited to spotlight our Advisory Committee member, Leo Arreaza!

Leo lives in Baltimore and originally comes from South America. He earned his law degree in Venezuela and an LL.M. from the University of Baltimore. Leo works in human services with Maryland’s Department of Health. He is also an advocate for individuals and refugees before the Maryland Department of Human Services to help them receive benefits. Leo is a music lover and has always been a strong supporter of the arts and music locally. He is happy to combine his commitment to the immigrant community and love of the arts to serve on the RICH in Music Advisory Committee.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers and father figures! ...

Save the date! Next Saturday, on June 20, the Creative Alliance will be broadcasting an online benefit concert. We are excited that some of our dance and choir participants will be included. Here is more information from the Creative Alliance:

In support of Mera Kitchen Collective. To support the Black Lives Matter movement and help fight for policy change in Baltimore, Mera Kitchen Collective has pledged to donate half of all funds received to Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a "grassroots think-tank which advances the public policy interest of Black people in Baltimore."

Help us support Mera Kitchen Collective in their mission to provide free meals to communities in need throughout Baltimore, including our refugee, asylee, and immigrant neighbors! Join your host and our Community Arts Liaison Ari Pluznik, to watch performances by musicians with some of the biggest hearts in town and listen to live interviews with refugee service providers to learn more about their vital work.

Refugee, asylee, and immigrant communities are some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s show our support in making sure our neighbors get what they need during these turbulent times!

SAT JUN 20 | NOON-2PM | Facebook Live! | FREE
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Save the date! Next Saturday, on June 20, the Creative Alliance will be broadcasting an online benefit concert. We are excited that some of our dance and choir participants will be included. Here is more information from the Creative Alliance:

In support of Mera Kitchen Collective. To support the Black Lives Matter movement and help fight for policy change in Baltimore, Mera Kitchen Collective has pledged to donate half of all funds received to Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots think-tank which advances the public policy interest of Black people in Baltimore.

Help us support Mera Kitchen Collective in their mission to provide free meals to communities in need throughout Baltimore, including our refugee, asylee, and immigrant neighbors! Join your host and our Community Arts Liaison Ari Pluznik, to watch performances by musicians with some of the biggest hearts in town and listen to live interviews with refugee service providers to learn more about their vital work. 

Refugee, asylee, and immigrant communities are some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s show our support in making sure our neighbors get what they need during these turbulent times!

SAT JUN 20 | NOON-2PM | Facebook Live! | FREE

This month's RICH in Music team profile is for Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan. We are so happy that she shares her time and talents as a member of our Advisory Committee!

Elizabeth is a licensed social worker and a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) in Pittsburgh, Pa where she works as a trauma therapist. She has worked primarily with survivors of forced migration including refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking. Elizabeth has also worked extensively with survivors of gender-based violence and currently works as a trauma therapist at a rape crisis center. She is a graduate of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) Global Mental Health Certificate program. Elizabeth is honored to be a part of RICH in Music and believes in the healing power of music and community.
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This months RICH in Music team profile is for Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan. We are so happy that she shares her time and talents as a member of our Advisory Committee! 

Elizabeth is a licensed social worker and a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) in Pittsburgh, Pa where she works as a trauma therapist. She has worked primarily with survivors of forced migration including refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking. Elizabeth has also worked extensively with survivors of gender-based violence and currently works as a trauma therapist at a rape crisis center. She is a graduate of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) Global Mental Health Certificate program. Elizabeth is honored to be a part of RICH in Music and believes in the healing power of music and community.

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I have known Elizabeth since she was a little girl. All of her life she has dreamed, studied and worked toward making this world a better place for all of us, by helping the most beleaguered among us.

Elizabeth RJ you are a gem to our world and our profession.

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