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INTEMPO receives grant from Connecticut Humanities to host drive-in movie night feat. Compadre Huashayo

STAMFORD, CT (October 28, 2020) – A $4,999 grant to INTEMPO awarded by Connecticut Humanities will bring an educational and cross-cultural drive-in movie night to the Connecticut community. The event will take place on Saturday, November 7th at 5:00 pm EST

The half-hour documentary, Compadre Huashayo, is produced by PBS with Latin Grammy composer Gabriela Frank and multi Emmy-winning videographer, Aric Hartvig. The featured film is a lively exploration into South American, Indigenous, and afro-Ecuadorian music. The film will be followed by a guided panel discussion with international conductor Alejandra Urrutia and Aric Hartvig.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted issues of systemic inequity, racial equity and the need for change. INTEMPO will use this project grant as an opportunity to bring more awareness and understanding about interculturality through music and film. Together, we look forward to helping our communities share that despite having a shared Spanish language, Latin American cultures are not a monolith,” explains Angelica Durrell, CEO and President, INTEMPO.

The grant is a larger effort on behalf of Connecticut Humanities’ “commitment to broadening access to the humanities in Connecticut and ensuring that the state’s communities and cultures are represented and reflected in meaningful ways,” said Dr. Jason Mancini, executive director at CTH. “With this film and discussion, INTEMPO is providing an opportunity for participants to explore the myriad of Latin American and Indigenous traditions while examining their own values and beliefs,” Mancini continued. “Cultural understanding can help bridge the divisiveness so prevalent today and CTH is proud to be supporting this work.”

INTEMPO is one of nine (9) organizations across Connecticut to receive the grant. 

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

Join INTEMPO in-person at 58 Church St. Stamford, CT or tune into the livestream. Rain date is Sunday November 8th, at 5:00 pm EST.

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Founded in 2011, INTEMPO is an intercultural music education and creative youth development organization. It seeks to level the playing field in music education by promoting classical music, native instruments and repertoire. 

Based in Stamford, Connecticut, INTEMPO provides high-quality music education to children predominantly from immigrant or first-generation backgrounds and from communities underrepresented in the arts, empowering them to leverage these skills to achieve life success. INTEMPO’s accessible, relevant, and inclusive programs break down barriers that keep children from participating in music education and supports their musical interests. 

INTEMPO was a finalist for the 2016 and 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award and received the 2019 Adolf Busch Award, the 2019 DeLucia Prize in Music Education from the Mockingbird Foundation, and the 2020 Music For All Advocacy in Action Award. The INTEMPO Ensemble has toured Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala and Nicaragua in partnership with the United States State Department. INTEMPO receives support from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Carnegie Hall, the Sphinx Organization, Country Music Association Foundation, the Hot Topic Foundation, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, the State of Connecticut Office of the Arts, CT Humanities, SpreadMusicNow, D’Addario Foundation, the Harry Chapin Foundation, and many other generous organizations and individuals.

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