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Discover your story: music for our world. 
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"You can heal a community, you can heal a world."
-Don Garza, tenor, Skid Row community member
Earlier this year, the County Supervisors and Mayor of Los Angeles declared homelessness in this city a ‘state of emergency’, with record numbers - over 20,000 individuals - experiencing chronic homelessness in the 50 square block area of downtown, known as Skid Row.

In September, CNN issued a compelling investigative report on “America’s Largest Jail”: the LA County Jail system, primarily Men’s Central and Twin Towers jails in downtown Los Angeles. These jails warehouse up to 20,000 individuals at a time, 25% of whom experience some form of mental illness. 

Skid Row and the County jails are the primary venues of Street Symphony, for over 200 unique, diverse concert programs since our founding in 2011. Each event is a dialogue, an authentic, touching conversation between world-class musicians and members of a disenfranchised community.

We find human connections. We share stories. We are amazed by the stories which emerge from people who have found their path to a creative and expressive life. That’s the story of Don Garza, a desert storm combat veteran, a Marine who is also an amazing tenor.

In the course of a Street Symphony event, our aim is to start a conversation: to engage our audiences in Skid Row or in the jails through musical performance and dialogue. Outside our events, Street Symphony musicians are world class educators, performers passionate advocates and performers.

Street Symphony musicians are some of the most talented musicians in the country. And yet, we crave the opportunity to understand an authentic, accountable role as artists in a society that is wracked by pain and incredible strife. What is the role of the arts in a world in pain?

Street Symphony has changed the story our lives as artists in a deep way. We’re understanding that our role as musicians isn’t just as world-class performers, but to learn how to be humble members of a community - to lean in to our own willingness to be changed by the work we do.

We're learning how to be storytellers and citizens.

Help us lean in. Join the conversation. 

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12/9/2016 at The Midnight Mission
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For the second year in a row, Street Symphony will host a community singing project and workshops in Skid Row. The Messiah Project is a celebration of the brave, resilient stories from the Skid Row community at The Midnight Mission. 

If you would like to volunteer or attend, please contact emily@streetsymphony.org.
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