The current administration in the United States is creating an atmosphere of fear toward immigrants, making it more important than ever to tell their stories. We want to use our music to help counteract these fears.
Immigrant Voices will be a music and theater production for high school students and adults that tells the stories of US immigrants. We will interview, photograph, and video record approximately 25 people from different countries and generations about how and why they came to the United States. Nine out of those stories will be included in our final production. We will create monologues based on these narratives and also arrange and perform traditional folk music from each country represented. The trio believes it is especially important to create an immigrant inspired project aimed at high school students because it is a critical time in adolescent development when they are forming attitudes and perspectives that will likely stay with them for the rest of their lives. For both high school and adult audiences, our project will be a powerful way to challenge aspects of internalized oppression and influence how people respond to cultural differences.
We are currently looking for volunteers who have immigrated to the US and are willing to share their stories with us, with the potential to be included and featured in a devised music and theatre production for high schools and adults. For logistical reasons, we need to limit the participants to people that live in Massachusetts or nearby areas. We want to cover as many countries, continents, reasons for migrating, languages, generations and social/financial statuses as possible. The interviews that don't get included in the final production will be featured on our website and social media.
If you are interested in sharing your immigrant story and learning more about the project, please send us a message using the form below.
In support of Immigrant Voices, Voci Angelica has been awarded grants from the following organizations: