Reflections and plans for 2022

Reflections and plans for 2022

It’s been a long 18 months since the last time we ran student programming. When we first shut things down to ensure the safety of our community in March 2020, we thought we’d be able to get things up and running again in a few months. Then a few months...
Winter Reading List

Winter Reading List

Hi everyone- We hope that you are doing well and finding what you need to care for yourself during this time. As we enter an especially challenging Winter season, we are trying to spend some time reflecting on our work and what it means to us (and, hopefully, to...

On Freedom, Healing, and Learning

To Our AYA Friends and Family- We hope you all are well and finding what you need to both show up meaningfully and care for yourself during this time. The murders of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and George Floyd- the latest in the history of...
Reflections and Highlights from 2019

Reflections and Highlights from 2019

This year, 13 amazing artists stepped into the studio to record songs for our two albums with YouthBuild Philadelphia and Girard College. While there were countless moments throughout the year that were meaningful to us, we wanted to share just a few memories here...
Musical Legacies

Musical Legacies

Last week, we had the pleasure of working alongside a wonderful organization- the Smithsonian Latino Center- for ¬°Descubra! : an event celebrating the power and beauty of Latina artists past and present. When two alumni of our program, Madeline Danielle and Veronica...
2018 New Music Is Here!!

2018 New Music Is Here!!

Over the last two months, we’ve been hard at work to finalize, mix, master, press, and finally CELEBRATE THE RELEASE of our 2018 AYA Albums from YouthBuild Philadelphia, Kensington CAPA, and Olney Charter High. We are happy to say that all of this amazing new...