New ideas must be tried out, not within the safety net of academia’s protecting walls, but out in the real world, under actual conditions. This is exactly what the Kithara Project Proposes to do.
-Eliot Fisk, Chair of Guitar Department at New England Conservatory
Kithara Project is a collective of internationally acclaimed classical guitarists with the mission of promoting widespread and equitable access to the guitar worldwide. The guitar is unique in its ability to appeal to people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Kithara Project currently maintains two year-round, sustainable guitar education programs: ¡StartNow!, in a community center serving a low-income housing development near Boston; and ¡Empecemos Juntos!, in an improvised community in southeast Mexico city.
Kithara Project educational outreach programs are a key part of its mission to create, perform, educate, engage, and empower. The goals of these programs are to:
- provide quality musical experiences for young people;
- partner with public, private and charter schools
- to supplement current music programs;
- expand collaborations with community organizations to reach greater numbers of disadvantaged young people, particularly in inner-city communities and communities without access to live arts experiences;
- encourage long-term concert attendance by young people;
- provide world-class instruction for emerging instrumental students; and
- provide inspiring role models for students of all ages and backgrounds.