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Great Things Are Happening At Garden Place Academy

The post below is by El Sistema Colorado’s program coordinator, Dr. Diana Howard.  Dr. Howard is responsible for coordinating all initiatives in the Garden Place Academy community. She works with each of the teaching artists daily as well as with parents and community members. Most importantly, she has developed a special relationship with the kids after 5 short weeks.



Dr. Diana Howard

I wish you all could have seen the faces of our El Sistema third graders as they drew bows over violin strings for the first time!  Pure JOY… and the delightful surprise of possibilities to come!  It gave me goose bumps and great hope!

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El Sistema Colorado highlighted in National Newsletter


Maria D. Duran helps her son, kindergartner Daniel Avalos-Duran, and 3rd grader,
Esmeralda Cordero-Rodriguez, during the paper orchestra process.

We are very excited to be highlighted in The Ensemble, a newsletter covering El Sistema across the United States. To read the newsletter, please click here.

Garden Place Creates Paper Violin Orchestra

Last week, over 150 family members of Garden Place Academy helped 72 kindergartens each create a papier-mâché violin!  The paper violin orchestra helps young students learn to hold and bow the instrument before graduating to real violins at the end of February.

Student with newly made Papier-mâché violinIt takes concentration and a lot of craftsmanship"Like that?""Hey, Dad's doing all the work!"Teamwork is a mustLacquering the violin.SistersDemonstrating how to hold a violinDemonstrating how to hold a violin

Photographs by Brigid Mcauliffe and provided courtesy of The Piton Foundation.