Soundbone Cultural Ambassador Program 2017
The Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation aims to connect the arts with health and well-being through the Cultural Ambassador Program. With funds from the Canada Summer Job program, Madison Mouland, a young singer and guitarist from Musgrave Harbour, was hired as our first Ambassador. The project started on June 26 and finished August 11. CBC Radio (Gander) interviewed Madison about the Cultural Ambassador Program on August 1.
Besides providing employment for youth, the program promotes Newfoundland and Labrador folk traditions and provide musical opportunities for residents of all ages through performances, workshops and singalongs. Some of the activities of the Cultural Ambassador included:
• Performing at public events in community centres, fire halls, recreation centres, youth centres, seniors homes, public libraries, hospitals, parks and festivals.
• Conducting music workshops with young people in the area.
• Playing informally with other musicians and exploring their repertoire.
• Finding spaces for musical activities in communities on the Kittiwake Coast from Carmanville to Gambo.
Madison gave 59 performances and conducted 27 song circles for children and youth at different venues along the Kittiwake Coast, playing for an audience of 819 people. The Program served eight communities in 30 different settings. The promoted activities were a mixture of one-time events and weekly performances and song circles over the summer.
The participating communities were: Carmanville, Aspen Cove, Ladle Cove, Musgrave Harbour, Lumsden, New-Wes-Valley, Gambo and Hare Bay.
The program was a successful venture that Soundbone started as a pilot project and hopes to continue annually. We would like to reach out to other constituencies and cooperating partners to develop similar programs throughout the province.