Abigail & Wu Fei Perform on International Children's Day, Announce Non-Profit in the Works
Posted on 2nd Jun 2017
On June 1, Wu Fei and I had the culminating concert for our year-long, MNAC, Paikin Family Foundation, HCA supported school performance series. It has been an incredible year of learning about Nashville schools and all the beautiful students learning and growing. We have gotten to share our unique bi-cultural sisterhood and the music that springs from it. We have encouraged students to learn about one another, learn about other cultures, and find their sisters, brothers, friends, and beautiful music in unexpected places. Throughout the concert, we featured a small choir from Valor Academy, a vocal soloist named Nijyana from TN School for the Blind, and original poems and artwork by John Early Museum Magnet Middle School docents.
As a result of the MNAC grant and our work in the schools, Wu Fei, myself and our team has decided to form a non-profit called The Ripple Effect. We couldn't be more excited.
The Ripple Effect uses the universal language of music, as well as cultural heritage and education, to spark a new and constructive global conversation uniting us in our common humanity and search for beauty. Although the mission’s aspirations reach across divergent cultures, countries, languages and creative forms, initially we are targeting the collaboration between the United States and China engaging all those pillaring the tenets of power, e.g. educational, political, business, grassroots. We begin by engaging children and young adults to ensure the normalization of sought-for common humanity for future generations and welcome all to the conversation.
Check out the video below for a look at what we like to call our "origin story"!
The Ripple Effect: Two Cultures, One Voice.
A first look at Abigail Washburn & Wu Fei's journey to creating the The Ripple Effect. Filmed + edited by Noelle Panepento.