It's Back to School for children around the world and that goes for refugee children as well. Whether in informal education settings at camps or community centers, Blossom Hill is working to ensure that conflict-affected children from the Middle East continue to learn and thrive.
Blossom Hill Fellow Dimitra Raftopoulou is getting ready to launch a new beginner's orchestra in Athens Greece this September. The Orchestra will be composed of 50 students, ages 7-15 years, 45 of whom will be refugees from the Middle East living in Athens. Every three months, the orchestra will perform in venues across Athens -- at refugee camps, in community centers or at prestigious venues -- for audiences of 300 people or more. The goal of the orchestra, in addition to inspire future musicians, is to promote solidarity, team work, and social inclusion.
Dr. Andrew Smith -- head of Suzuki Music School of Westport, a prizewinning violinist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, UK -- has agreed to work with Dimitra as her thought partner and mentor throughout her project. At Blossom Hill, every Fellow is paired with a thought partner for project support and future planning.
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