Expressive Arts Refuge is ramping up to co-direct Jerusalem Singing Camp for Palestinian and Israeli Jewish teens. The camp will offer singing, body music, beatboxing, and facilitated dialogue to twenty teens from East and West Jerusalem and Shuafat refugee camp.
EAR is thrilled to be partnering this year with Jerusalem Youth Chorus. Micah Hendler, founding director of Jerusalem Youth Chorus, has been conducting and touring a year-round chorus of Palestinian and Israeli Jewish teens since 2012. He is a Forbes 30 Under 30.
Jerusalem Singing Camp music educators are EAR director Betsy Blakeslee, Jerusalem Youth Chorus directors Micah Hendler and Hani Kreitem, and Austin Willacy (director ‘Til Dawn and Thrive Choir). Austin brings years of facilitation through Yes! youth leadership. Hani is the premiere Palestinian choral director in Jerusalem, bringing familiarity with both Arabic and western singing styles. Betsy has been taking teams of music educators and singers to teach music in refugee camps since 2016. Jared Michaud, a music graduate student at Yale will join the teaching team as a fellow.
Thank you to all our generous donors on gofundme. You can also make a tex-deductible donation at Seeds of Peace. Funds will pay translators, coordinators, and professional facilitators of dialogue. They will also subsidize a Palestinian conducting fellow.