In partnership with Neighborhood House, Mundi Project brings intergenerational music making experiences to kidfriends and grandfriends. The purpose of this learning initiative in Salt Lake City is to encourage youth and seniors to make music together while fostering meaningful connections and social empathy. Through research in psychology, gerontology, and arts education, we are accruing data on people reporting improved psychosocial well-being, increased self-esteem, reduction of ageism stigmas, and decreased social isolation through their participation in intergenerational programs.
Who: Clients of Neighborhood House
Where: 1050 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, 84104
2023: March-June with music therapist Laura Seipert
2022: March–June with music therapists Laura Seipert and Ashton Lindsey
2020: January–March with Ana Bunce
2019: October–December with Mindy Dillard
Our FIRST Program: October–December 2019
The preschoolers and seniors at Neighborhood House interacted through singing and songwriting once a week with Mundi Project teaching artist Mindy Dillard. They learned new skills together, shared stories with each other, and together, they made music and the seniors were less lonely. We had a wonderful intergenerational music celebration at the showcase in December where the kidfriends and grandfriends sang the songs they wrote together!
What is intergenerational learning?
Ruby Chou, Mundi Project’s Executive director from 2018-2022 spoke at TEDxSaltLakeCity 2019 about what intergenerational learning looks like, how it impacted her path, and how Mundi Project is bringing the concept to the community. Watch her story here!