The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's Creative Communities program is dedicated to music study for children
who are underserved by the arts. Participating children, ages 6 - 12, live
in the Pawtucket Housing Authority. During the school year, Creative Communities consists
of after school and Saturday classes presented by the music school's musicians/teachers in
choir, violin, viola, guitar, and percussion. Sound Leadership, a program component, encompasses teen leadership
training. The teens work with the musicians/teachers and the children taking the Creative Communities classes, and
are responsible for organizing events, field trips to concerts, walking children home, and assisting
with set-up and record keeping.
The Creative Communities program has improved children's music skills, developed self-
sufficiency, provided opportunities for families to enjoy music together, and developed a sense
of community within the Pawtucket Housing Authority. The
children have also improved their communication skills, their cooperation with peers and
adults, increased their self-esteem and self-control, and increased their music appreciation and their music skills.
The teens who participated in the Sound Leadership program gained meaningful employment, leadership,
and mentoring abilities.
Kathy Czerny, Director
Creative Communities/Sound Leadership
222 Richmond Street
Providence, RI 02903