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TORRINGTON (PRESS RELEASE) — The John Brown Project, a community arts initiative of Culture 4 A Cause, has received generous funding through the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts (which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency) through two separate grants. A Supporting Arts grant and an Artists Respond grant were awarded to Culture 4 A Cause and Dan Morrison respectively.
“We are thrilled that state and local arts leaders see the same trove of community value in this project that we see, and that they’ve decided to invest in it,” says Daniel Morrison, board member of Culture 4 A Cause and executive producer of the project.
The funding will guarantee the completion of a multi-media community art project launched last spring. “His Truth Is Marching On,” will include a song and a 20-minute audio podcast exploring the history of American music from 1619 to hip hop, as told through the civil war song, John Brown’s Body. It explores how music has historically brought Black and White people together—usually the kids.
The project will record primarily at Red Room Sound Studio, tapping local artists for the performances. “We even put the local photographer in the drummer’s seat during the rock and roll portion of the song,” says Morrison, speaking of Torrington’s Jamie J. Tilley who played in a rock band much of his early life.
“In addition to Jamie, we’re thrilled to work with some of Torrington’s musical titans, including the Torrington High School Marching Band and Chorus Angelicus, but also banjo legend Guy Wolff, piano maestro Johnny Davis, and rock legends Lucinda and Michael of Red Room Sound Studio / Flying Key Entertainment,” adds Jacque Williams, cofounder of Culture 4A Cause and co-producer of the project, before pointing out that a few local, non-professional artists are also contributing.
Beginning with Native American and African drumming, the song winds through early 19-century banjo, a civil war-style marching band, acoustic blues, swing, gospel, and rock and roll, before the hip-hop crescendo. Voiceover in the 20-minute podcast version will weave these musical pieces together by talking about how and why each style developed. C4C began the project using crowdfunding donations from 19 people in four states. “We’re extremely grateful for the donors who have jumped into the project and are thrilled that CT Office of the Arts agrees with them” adds Morrison.

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