Radio for Open Ears in the Hudson Correctional Facility

Aug 15, 2019 - Feb 27, 2020

Launched in August 2019, Wave Farm’s “Radio for Open Ears” workshops are weekly sessions held with the 16 and 17-year-old boys and girls incarcerated in the Hudson Correctional Facility in conjunction with “Raise the Age” legislation. Each week the Wave Farm team (pictured above) including Kamal Johnson, Adolfo Lopez, and Galen Joseph-Hunter bring audio equipment inside the Facility where the youth receive hand-on access and experience, learning how to express themselves through sound and radio as a creative medium. “The level of engagement, thoughtfulness, and talent these young men and women possess has exceeded anything we could have imagined or hoped to encounter. We are delighted to bring some of work they have created to the WGXC 90.7-FM airwaves.” -Galen Joseph-Hunter, Wave Farm Executive Director.

Wave Farm’s Radio for Open Ears workshops have been supported by visiting artist Jen Kutler, and special guests including Joan Hunt (Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood) and Rebecca Bray (Center of Artistic Activism.) This program is made possible by CreativityWorksNYS, an initiative of the New York State Council on the Arts in partnership with Carnegie Hall, and in collaboration with the New York State Department of Corrections. The primary goal of CreativityWorksNYS is to engage youth who are justice involved through arts enrichment projects in a variety of creative disciplines. Young people learn new skills, express their creative voices, and develop positive peer and adult relationships through collaborative arts projects. More information at https://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/Social- Impact/CreativityWorksNYS

Pictured above: Wave Farm Radio for Open Ears Workshop Team (left to right) Galen Joseph-Hunter (Executive Director, Wave Farm), Adolfo Lopez (Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood), Kamal Johnson (Mayor, City of Hudson, NY).

To listen to some of the audio produced in these workshops at HCF click "audio".