Kraft Heinz Hear & Now

Hear & Now promotes the creative self-expression of high school students by inviting teens from across the region to create multimedia arts experiences rooted on the power of music to bring people together. Students will explore the creative potential of old and new media as they compose original music, imagery, and writings during a series of six workshops led by professional teaching artists. The program culminates in a final event at Heinz Hall, where students share their original works with the public and present aspects of the creative process learned throughout the program.

The program is centered on the creation of an original piece of music using a collaborative composition process that accommodates students of all musicianship levels, including non-instrumentalists. A central theme provides creative focus for the composition of new works, guides student reflection and discussion, and facilitates artistic cohesion for the final event. Other program elements include exploration of the program theme through both digital and non-digital media, and generates outcomes that inspire and/or are integrated with the collaborative music composition.

This year’s theme is human life in the digital age: Why are smartphones so important to us? Is our life better because of them? How would our lives be different in an alternate universe with no internet? How is the digital revolution affecting the different vectors of our life? Are we more connected to each other now than we were before this revolution? These and other questions will receive artistic responses from program participants.

Program Dates:

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – Heinz Hall
Thursday, January 23, 2020 – MuseumLab
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – MuseumLab
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – Heinz Hall
Friday, March 20, 2020 – Heinz Hall
Thursday, March 26, 2020 – Heinz Hall

Offered at no cost to all schools serving students grades 9-12.