Whitney Houston once sang, “I believe the children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” She also belted out these memorable lines: “Everybody’s searching for a hero. People need some one to look up to.” Cheesy? Probably. True? Absolutely!
And that’s why we’ve created PEOPLE ROCK! To help kids recognize their potential for greatness and inspire them to fulfill it by teaching them about people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and countries, who have achieved great things through their talent, intelligence, passion, persistence, and imagination.
PEOPLE ROCK! is a music series that will appeal to children and adults alike with fun and educational songs that cover the spectrum of genres and draw on diverse influences ranging from the Beatles and Motown to Johnny Cash and Queen. Each CD in the series will celebrate individuals who have contributed to a particular field, such as teaching, writing, technology, and science.
AWESOME ARTISTS, the first volume in the PEOPLE ROCK! series, will open your child’s eyes (and maybe yours) to a set of visual artists that includes Leonardo da Vinci, William Blake, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Isamu Noguchi, Faith Ringgold, and others. While highlighting the artistic achievements of these figures, the songs on AWESOME ARTISTS also teach the value of curiosity, creativity, determination, independent thinking, and social consciousness.
And that’s just the music! The release of AWESOME ARTISTS will coincide with the launch of www.peoplerockmusic.com, where you and your child can find song lyrics, learn more about the people featured on the CD, see examples of their art, and engage in guided looking activities. For teachers who want to use AWESOME ARTISTS in the classroom, the website will also offer free lesson plans correlated to National Standards in art, music, science, math, social studies, and language arts. The site will be updated with new information relevant to each of the forthcoming CDs as they are completed.
For the past three years, we have been producing AWESOME ARTISTS on a dental floss budget (that’s narrower and more slippery than a shoe string if you’re wondering!). But now we’re desperately in need of finishing funds that will cover the costs of manufacturing, artist/estate permissions, image rights, and legal fees. If you agree that children are the future, that we all need heroes, and that every person has the potential to seriously rock, please help us get PEOPLE ROCK! out into the world.
With Great, Big, Giant THANKS, Jenn & Richard
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