MCCC Selected to Participate in ‘America’s Music’ Through National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
Montgomery County Community College is one of 50 non-profit institutions recently selected to participate in the nationwide project, “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. “America’s Music” is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
As part of this cultural and educational enrichment project, MCCC will offer six public programs in the fall 2013 featuring the American musical genres of Blues and Gospel, Tin Pan Alley & Broadway, Swing Jazz, Bluegrass and Country Music, Rock, and Mambo and Hip-Hop. The programs will include film screenings followed by discussions to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturdays at MCCC’s Science Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell with simulcasts to West Campus in Pottstown.
In coordination with the film series, MCCC’s Cultural Affairs Office and Music Department will offer several performances and events that relate to each musical genre. A full schedule of performances and related activities will be announced in the summer.
“Montgomery County Community College serves as a cultural hub for the county and surrounding area because of the programs and performances it offers to the community,” said Music Department Coordinator Andrew Kosciesza, who serves as the project coordinator. “Participation in ‘America’s Music’ will extend our reach to additional community members, while providing a deeper understanding and appreciation for the history and development of these American musical genres.”
As part of the collaboration, Cultural Affairs Director Helen Haynes will coordinate the Lively Arts performances, while Music Department Coordinator Andrew Kosciesza will coordinate the film and discussion series and Music faculty member Dr. Michael Simmons will serve as the project scholar, who will lead the discussion at each screening.
In addition, MCCC’s AV Librarian/Assistant Professor Mary Lou Neighbour will be promoting the events in the Brendlinger Library displays, including its new Digital Gallery. Additionally, she will be coordinating promotion and events with several area public libraries, including the Wissahickon Valley Public Library, the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library and the Pottstown Regional Public Library. The documentary films will be added to MCCC’s AV Library collection after the series has ended.
- by Diane VanDyke