Areas of Expertise

  • Donating new instruments to school music programs in need nationwide
  • Auditing and assessing music and arts education programming at the district level, and providing recommendations for improvement and equitable programming (Music [and Arts] Education District Support Services® – MEDSS)
  • Donating new instruments to schools impacted by natural disasters via the Music Rising program

Current Top Priorities for Guidance or Collaboration

Contact us to learn more about these current priority areas or to explore collaboration opportunities.
  • To expand our Music (and Arts) Education District Support Services® (MEDSS) to serve more states/districts throughout the U.S.
  • To share MEDSS results with investors, collaborators and partners in order to connect funding and resources with the needs of K-12 arts education.
  • To continue consulting school district strategic plans.
  • To elevate our Holland’s Heroes group representing art directors throughout the nation as a resource for others.

Geographical Areas Served:

National,

Primary Audience Served:

Artistic Discipline:

Music,

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits