This afternoon we played a festival on the outsides of Mexico City (steal that song title not please) at a place called FARO de Oriente. Its a big 6 block by 6 block piece of concrete with concrete buildings scattering the grounds on the side of a major highway. It is not an area of wealth in resource. But something amazing and beautiful happens there. Adolescents, children up through early 20's go to the center, inquisitive, those of age do so at their own will, to study art, take free classes in things as varied as computer animation to playing the birambao to music theory, craft, sound, Nahuatl. Kids smile and seem engaged and grateful, wanting to talk, share, and learn from/with you. 
The spirit is infectious and undeniable. Every wall is a painting, and there are crafts hanging from most every ceiling.  Its not a story of overcoming. Its a story of actual living, real community, where the individual and their voice is celebrated as part of a whole, and interdependence in discovery and expression that comes from the self is recognized. Because outside is hard.
 
I was interviewed after by a 19 year old kid that ran the radio station at the center. He asked me about going to Berklee in awe. I told him I was in awe of what he had. I live on the outside of it, and am not naive to there being a darker side and challenge, but someone thought humans worth enough to create this place where there was only love. Takes belief.  Thanks again to music for getting us to places that illuminate. 

This afternoon we played a festival on the outsides of Mexico City (steal that song title not please) at a place called FARO de Oriente. Its a big 6 block by 6 block piece of concrete with concrete buildings scattering the grounds on the side of a major highway. It is not an area of wealth in resource. But something amazing and beautiful happens there. Adolescents, children up through early 20's go to the center, inquisitive, those of age do so at their own will, to study art, take free classes in things as varied as computer animation to playing the birambao to music theory, craft, sound, Nahuatl. Kids smile and seem engaged and grateful, wanting to talk, share, and learn from/with you. The spirit is infectious and undeniable. Every wall is a painting, and there are crafts hanging from most every ceiling.  Its not a story of overcoming. Its a story of actual living, real community, where the individual and their voice is celebrated as part of a whole, and interdependence in discovery and expression that comes from the self is recognized. Because outside is hard. I was interviewed after by a 19 year old kid that ran the radio station at the center. He asked me about going to Berklee in awe. I told him I was in awe of what he had. I live on the outside of it, and am not naive to there being a darker side and challenge, but someone thought humans worth enough to create this place where there was only love. Takes belief.  Thanks again to music for getting us to places that illuminate. 

 

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