The University of Saint Joseph Announces THE HEALING WORLD PROJECT

The University of Saint Joseph Announces THE HEALING WORLD PROJECTThe University of Saint Joseph (USJ), Central Connecticut State University, and the University of Hartford will introduce The Healing World Project at 7:30 p.m. on April 14, 2018 at the Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities in the Bruyette Athenaeum on USJ's West Hartford campus, located at 1678 Asylum Ave. The Healing World Project, funded by a grant from the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, aims to present and record the music of refugee and recent immigrant musicians living in Connecticut. Working with students and faculty from the three universities, these musicians create music works that are presented in public performance, toured throughout Connecticut, and recorded for distribution. During the 2017-18 academic year, students and faculty from each university have been working with musicians to produce and record the music, schedule concerts, design promotional materials, promote the concerts on social media, and document the project in photography and video.

Heading the program is Associate Professor of Art at Central Connecticut State University, Ted Efremoff; USJ's Director of the Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities, Steven Raider Ginsburg; and University of Hartford Assistant Professor, Mehmet Dede from the Hartt School and Interim Chair of Music; Performing Arts Management and Assistant Director of Music Production; Technology, Gabe Herman. The New Haven-based refugee resettlement organization, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, has been instrumental in recruiting refugee musicians.

"When Steven suggested a collaboration between the University of Saint Joseph and Central Connecticut State University to involve refugee musicians, I was instantly interested," said

Efremoff. "I believe the Healing World Project can truly succeed in promoting understanding in local and world communities through music, while increasing financial stability for refugees and refugee support organizations, such as IRIS."

All participants of the project receive a living wage for rehearsals and performances. The Healing World Project will debut at 7:30 p.m. on April 14, 2018 at USJ, alongside the Afro-Semitic Experience. David Chevan and Alvin Carter Jr. of the Afro-Semitic Experience are working as musical coaches and companion instrumentalists for the Project.

The Healing World Band will also be performing at Connecticut Arts Day in Harford on April 25.

TICKET INFO: Tickets are $15 - 30 and can be purchased at the Frances Driscoll Box Office: 860.231.5555 or online at A $2 service charge is added to all ticket sales.

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) offers a wide range of coeducational undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs that combine a professional and liberal arts education with a focus on service. Undergraduate programs for both traditional and adult students take place on our beautiful suburban campus and include more than 26 majors and seven pre-professional programs, taught by expert faculty in an engaging environment. Graduate master's and doctoral degree programs are taught on the University's two campuses in West Hartford and Hartford, Connecticut; at off-campus locations throughout the state; and online. Founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy, the University of Saint Joseph welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and religious traditions. To learn more, view our website at

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