On June 8th, 2014, we threw a Taste of Troubadour, a summertime party for friends of Troubadour. Guests met Troubadour Teaching Artists, heard two students give a poetry reading, and made music with the founders of Troubadour.
President of the Board of Directors, Wallis Raemer remarked,
It was wonderful to see so many Friends of Troubadour in one place – students; past and present board members; donors, educators and artists.
As a former school principal and Assistant Superintendent, I have been associated with Troubadour for over 30 years. I have seen close up the power of their words when students are engaged and writing about things that are personally meaningful under the guidance of talented Troubadour artists.
We wanted to give our guests a taste of what Troubadour is all about, directly from our students and artists as well as update on what your support has accomplished. And, most importantly, this afternoon, we wanted to honor YOU, the Friends and supporters of Troubadour, without whom none of this would be possible.
Wallis Raemer presented Barbara and Michael Blauer with a special recognition, the “Giving Wings to Words” award for for their dedication and continuous support of Troubadour.
Thanks to Ilene and a chance meeting of Michael Blauer and her husband Rob on the tennis court years ago, the Blauer Family Foundation has become part of the Troubadour family and has been a continuous supporter since 2006.
Because of the generosity of Barbara and Michael Blauer, we have been able to match their contributions and bring programs like these to underserved students in Boston for the last eight years.
The Blauers especially value education and what the arts can do for all students. They respect teachers and how hard they work and are committed to the Boston schools.
Victor Cockburn, accompanied by Paul Rogoshewski, sang Curiosity, a song for younger students about asking questions, seeking knowledge, and connecting the dots. They also sang Wings to Words, a song at the core of Troubadour’s philosophy of empowerment through writing and song.
Judith Steinbergh read a student’s poem. Judy is a master teacher and poet in her own right, and currently the Poet Laureat of Brookline.
Jeremias Lima and Adrianna Hernandez, students from the Grade 8, Neighborhood House Charter School, in Dorchester read poems they wrote as part of a Troubadour teaching program under Teaching Artist, Ilene Miller.
Thanks to the volunteers who organized this lovely garden party.