Each year, the Paul Simon Music Fellows Program will partner 20 young music educators across the five boroughs of New York City with veteran teachers, who will provide mentorship and skills training over the course of a school year. Additionally, the program will help bring new “artists-in-residence” to schools across the city for 11 weeks at a time. And Simon will be involved as well, curating appearances from special guest artists who will lead master classes for students.
What a great way to spend $1 million: not on things, but on connections, experiences, and opportunities. Artists-in-residence can be transformative experiences for all involved, but schools rarely have the resources to support a long-term vision. 11 weeks of such a program is exceptional.