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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Lamont School of Music

M. Roger Holland

Outreach, Alumni & Summer Academy

Spirituals Project Education/Sweet Chariot

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The Spirituals Project is committed to serving as a resource for anyone interested in learning more about the spirituals. In collaboration with the Office of Teaching and Learning at the University of Denver, we have developed Sweet Chariot: The Story of the Spirituals, a comprehensive multimedia educational website for use in courses, and for anyone interested in learning about the history and ongoing influences of the spirituals. The Sweet Chariot website includes an extensive historical overview, explorations of the evolving cultural and musical contexts of the spirituals, sound clips of songs, excerpts of interviews with artists, composers and community workers, and links to library and internet resources for those interested in further study.

Visit the Sweet Chariot Website

Education 

The Spirituals Project Education Committee consists of members whose function is to coordinate and facilitate educational endeavors that involve partnerships with organizations or institutions through which the mission of the Spirituals Project is promoted. Currently, the Education Committee consists of:

Dr. Arthur Jones
Arthur.Jones@du.edu

Randy Friesen
randy.friesen@friesen-architecture.com

Emily Martin
martinej2014@gmail.com

Rev. Anthony Hill, Chair
tonyhill0105@gmail.com

Educational Presentations 

Lecturer and Vocalist

Arthur C. Jones
Arthur Jones
is Founder and Chair Emeritus of The Spirituals Project. He is an accomplished speaker, lecturer and singer who provides interactive, age-appropriate educational and musical presentations on the origins, history, and modern-day use of the spirituals that can be tailored to specific events. He is also available as guest soloist.

Educational Outreach

A priority of The Spirituals Project is outreach especially to children and youth, whose immersion in the spirituals story is central to the Mission of ensuring that "the spirituals are passed on for many generations to come."

Since 1998, we have seen that the music, called spirituals, uplift in times of crisis, heal, comfort and inspire individuals, as well as, when young and old, of all ethnic and economic backgrounds come together in song.

The Spirituals Project Education Programs provide students the opportunity to not only experience the sacred songs but also to learn the history and cultural context of the enslaved Africans in America in the 18th and 19th centuries. This music becomes "community" singing, thus the participants will be joining in with enthusiasm and bonding.

Select volunteers from the Board and Choir of The Spirituals Project conduct 45 to 60 minute workshops and/or concerts:

Grade Level: K – 12
Offered: October – May
Where: Metro-Denver area

For additional information, please fill out our Educational Presentation Request form or call Tony Hill, 720-579-3985.

Request an Educational Presentation.