In early 2016, Carnegie Hall launched The Somewhere Project, a major citywide exploration of “West Side Story.” Students wrote original songs in projects across New York City, and community arts organizations incorporated the themes into their own programming, affirming how this quintessential story written 60 years ago about love, conflict, and learning to live alongside those who are different still resonates with us in such a contemporary way.
We Will Find a Place
“We will find a place
And be free from this world of hate
Let’s come together
To be one
Together we can find a place of love
A place for us”
Dysani and the Future Music Project Songwriting Workshop (with Thomas Cabaniss, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, and Toni Blackman)
Analysis of "Somewhere" from West Side Story
Written by Dysani, a singer from Carnegie Hall’s Future Music Project, “We Will Find a Place” became an anthem for the young songwriters. Developed during afterschool workshops in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing, the piece took inspiration from the song “Somewhere” from West Side Story.
For the past eight years, Carnegie Hall has partnered with city and state agencies to offer songwriting workshops where people collaborate with professional musicians to create, perform, and produce their own original music. Their stories connect people to each other, create empathy, and strengthen communities.
“Before incarceration, we think of home as a single place. Home is only inside your home and everywhere else is not. In here, when we talk about ‘When are you going home?,’ we don’t mean a specific place. We mean, ‘anywhere but here.’”
—Kenyatta, Sing Sing Correctional Facility
Shoot the Words
“Shoot the words
Don’t back down
Jeily, Ryan, Leo, and Taneika, Bushwick Campus Community School
In partnership with Make the Road New York, students from Bushwick Campus Community School created their own music in a project led by Slavic Soul Party! This song and others were showcased at BRIC House in Brooklyn during a public Neighborhood Concert.