When I heard TED was holding a conference in Homer, Alaska, I wanted to be able to come full circle and share how a TED wish helped create an early childhood instrumental program for 120 kindergarten and 1st grade students in Alaska, called JAMM! Kat Haber, the TEDx Homer Coordinator, gladly accepted my request and helped with travel and lodging to get me there.
While in Homer, I had the delight and honor of staying in the home of Cherish McCallum, a private music teacher. Both she and Kat are remarkable women who contribute above and beyond this Southeast community.
|Cherish donates JAMM's first cello|
When Cherish gave me a tour of her studio, she pointed to a small quarter-size violin and cello that her teenage daughter and son played when they were young. "I've been looking for a home for these two instruments, where they'd give the same joy they gave my children. I'd like to donate these to your program, JAMM."
Thank you, Cherish.
Being involved in the TEDx Homer event was an incredible experience. I met passionate people who make things happen in their communities. My TED talk neared the end of the evening and I was nervous. But throughout, I kept reminding myself that this talk is my heartfelt "thank you" to the TED community and to all of the people who believe in the power of music and the right for all children to have access to it.
Thank you, Kat Haber, Aaron Suring, Bob Burns and Erin Hollowell, for helping me with my script and visuals. Congratulations on a successful event!
|Speakers stand together on stage for the end the TEDx Homer event|