Through immersive programming, GreenSpring's Sound Experiences program directly addresses poverty barriers for Richmond youth by providing otherwise unattainable arts opportunities and life-changing experiences.
Founded in 2004, the program has grown to serve more than 800 underserved youth annually in some of Metro Richmond's most impoverished areas with tuition-free, multi-day, year-round music instruction in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Richmond Public Schools and Charles City County Public Schools.
Sound Experiences is a social justice outreach program similar in philosophy to Venezuela's El Sistema, a visionary global movement that transforms the lives of children through music and represents a new model for social change.
Sound Experiences is not only about musical instruction but is also about mentorship and community service. Through interactions with more proficient and mature GreenSpring American Youth Harp Ensemble members, students establish meaningful relationships with peer role models. For the youth served, the program provides a stable, long term influence teaching discipline, fostering self expression, nurturing creativity, and instilling the value of hard work; tools to help them thrive and succeed in higher education and throughout life.